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 BV’s ‘PSC Ready’ is a digital application to help ships’ crews to prepare for port state control (PSC) inspections Freely available to all in the industry for use on mobile, laptop and desk top applications PSC Ready joins the extensive portfolio of BV’s digital applications meeting clients’ needs Paris-La Défense, France, April 12, 2017 - ‘PSC Ready’ assists ship managers and their crews in planning and ensuring readiness for port state control inspections. ‘PSC Ready’ is a cloud-based and secure application, downloadable for both IOS and Android. The application helps ensure that ship owners are able to focus on all the requirements needed to be ready for PSC inspections. The benefits of ‘PSC Ready’ include: Helping ensure compliance with applicable requirements Enhancing ship maintenance by developing crews’ awareness of safety, environmental and employment requirements as well as those for ship structures and equipment The opportunity to improve PSC performance worldwide Training crews to detect, correct and avoid deficiencies Access to statistics, data and news on PSC developments ‘Check offline, report online’ functionality recognizing that data connections cannot always be available on-board The application enables PSC awareness to be shared across a company’s fleet, the sharing and analysis of records and performance with management

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Ian Locker, founder and Managing Director of leading wind farm solutions provider ZephIR Lidar, will start a 500km cycle ride across central Kenya later this year to raise awareness for Child.org. The trip will raise funding for development projects that transform the lives of children, and support research into effective methods of community development in Africa. To donate, visit: https://child.org/me/ians-ride-africa-challenge-2018-childorg From 10th November 2018, Ian Locker will join a team of 75 cyclists to ride an epic 500 km in six days from the Kenyan capital of Nairobi to the rural town of Meru. Ian will be taking on the journey in aid of Child.org. 100% of donations raised will go directly to the charity and all personal expedition costs will be paid directly by Ian. The Kenya 2018 ride will take Ian and the other cyclists through the diverse Kenyan landscape, including the country’s bustling cities, vast plains, national parks, lakes teeming with wildlife and a grueling climb to the base of Mount Kenya. Ian said: “Our last day will be spent in rural Meru, where I’ll discover first-hand how Child.org is transforming the lives of children in the region by empowering mothers and grandmothers. This day, in particular, is important to

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At the annual European Partner Event BYD introduced the new Battery Box LV, newly expanded partner initiatives and the strategic roadmap to attending distributors and partners April 11, 2018, Germany – BYD Co., Ltd. announced a deepened strategic focus on the battery business within the corporation and expanded channel support at the annual European partner event, held yesterday, April 10th in Stuttgart, Germany. In addition to updates on the company development, strategy and roadmap as well as market outlooks by industry experts, BYD introduced the latest generation of the successful lithium storage system, the new Battery Box (previously named “B-Box”) LV (Low Voltage), to the attending distributors and partners. The new solution will be presented to a larger audience at ees and Intersolar Europe 2018. The new Battery Box LV After the successful introduction of the award winning Battery Box HV (high-voltage) lithium storage system to the European market in 2017, BYD now expands the low-voltage storage portfolio with the latest generation of the Battery Box LV. The new 48 volt lithium storage system employs the successful modular design of the energy storage series with battery capacities ranging from 3.5 to 14 kWh in one system with one to four modules. The

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Alencon Systems has successfully deployed it SPOT-ES in a unique, DC-coupled Solar + Storage project Hatboro, PA – Alencon Systems is pleased to announce the first large scale deployment of its patented SPOT-ES in a DC-coupled Solar + Storage system in the eastern United States in concert with one of the nation’s largest energy companies. This deployment marks the first time a 1500-volt utility-scale DC coupled solar and storage system with string level MPPT was brought online. The Alencon SPOT – which stands for String Power Optimizer and Transmitter – is a string level DC-DC optimizer which optimizes the power from PV string inputs with voltages ranging from 600 to 1500 volts. The SPOT outputs power at virtually any range of voltage that is completely configurable from one deployment to the next. This unique feature assures that it can be used to couple solar with storage in a way that is battery-chemistry agnostic. The ES suffix designates “Energy Storage.” The SPOT-ES family of products has been specifically designed for the needs of DC-coupled Solar + Storage deployments. “The value offered by DC-coupling of Solar and Storage is clear,” states Alencon Systems President Hanan Fishman. “To date, the challenge for industry has been to find

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GE’s Brilliance Solar Inverters Meet the Customer’s Requirements for Reliability and Cost Competitiveness The Contract Includes a 20-Year Long-Term Service Agreement to Ensure the Maintenance and Service of the Equipment MIYAGI, JAPAN—April 11, 2018—GE Power (NYSE: GE) recently successfully delivered and commissioned its Brilliance Solar Inverters to Pacifico Energy Osaki GK for the 40.32-megawatt alternating current (AC) mega-solar project in Furukawa, Japan. GE’s Brilliance Solar Inverters meet the customer’s requirements both for reliability and cost competitiveness. Along with the inverters, GE also supplied ring main units and recombiners, all of which are preassembled onto skids for ease of transportation and installation at the site. As part of the agreement, GE also will provide a 20-year long-term service agreement to manage the maintenance and service of the GE equipment to support the availability of the inverter systems throughout the lifetime of the project. These attributes are vital to the overall performance of the Pacifico Energy Furukawa Mega Solar Plant given the shrinking local feed-in-tariffs. “We are glad to successfully deliver the solar project and help the country expand its solar footprint in the midst of a growing clean energy ecosystem,” said Patrick Fetzer, Solar CEO, GE’s Power Conversion business. “We are committed to delivering existing

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Berlin 11 April 2018 - The off-grid solar module company OPES Solutions has produced four million modules since the start of manufacturing in 2012. Production will be further expanded in the coming months, including the use of processes and machines developed in-house. In its factory, OPES Solutions processes and optimizes cells from various manufacturers and produces both standard off-grid modules and individually developed module types. Most recently, the company presented the ultra-light O-Lite solar module, which weighs only about a third of conventional products. Patented laser and stringer processes increase output OPES Solutions uses a Flying Fiber Laser to increase the output. The laser cuts the solar cells about ten times faster than conventional methods. A proprietary process for soldering the cells increases the throughput in the stringer fivefold. By combining these patented processes with proven production technology, the company can offer competitive prices while achieving a high level of quality. Ongrid quality level for off-grid modules "We have set ourselves the goal of setting high quality standards in the off-grid segment without neglecting profitability," says Robert Händel, founder and CEO of OPES Solutions. The company has a certified quality, environmental and occupational safety management system. OPES Solutions is also the first manufacturer to

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First deployment of the 11 innovative turbines for Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre marks treble project breakthrough for offshore wind industry A hat-trick of offshore wind industry firsts has been achieved within a fortnight in North-east Scotland after the world’s most powerful single turbine was successfully installed yesterday (Monday, April 9) for Vattenfall’s ground-breaking European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC). The turbine is the first of 11 to be deployed at the ground-breaking facility in Aberdeen Bay. In addition, Vattenfall today confirmed that it is one of two turbines that have been significantly enhanced with further internal power modes to generate more clean energy from the EOWDC. The two turbines have each increased from 8.4MW to 8.8MW and yesterday’s installation represents the first time an 8.8 MW model has been deployed commercially in the offshore wind industry. Together with the nine 8.4MW turbines, this substantially boosts the EOWDC’s output to 93.2MW. This allows the facility to produce the equivalent of more than 70% of Aberdeen’s domestic electricity demand and annually displace 134,128 tonnes of CO2. Yesterday’s feat of engineering comes less than two weeks after the first of the EOWDC’s game-changing suction bucket jacket foundations was successfully installed. The EOWDC is the first

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The new interoperability brings cost-effective module-level monitoring, safety and optimization features to PV customers worldwide. ABB and Tigo today announce an operational compatibility between ABB’s inverter line UNO-DM-PLUS and Tigo’s TS4 optimizer platform. The combined ABB and Tigo module solution is now available. Combining ABB’s world-class inverters with Tigo’s TS4 Platform offers a flexible and scalable solution to meet all the different needs of installers and end customers. The UNO-DM-PLUS family dramatically simplifies installation complexity via a self-commissioning routine that removes the manual configuration process and results in lowered installation time and costs. The connectivity package of the UNO-DM-PLUS allows for built-in smart grid capabilities such as dynamic feed-in control which manages the energy fed into the grid and uses SunSpec-compatible open communication protocols to ensure compliance with future grid codes and maintain off-the-shelf interoperability with other devices in the system.

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A press release issued today (10 April) by leading European energy company Vattenfall announces that the “world’s most powerful wind turbine” has successfully been installed in Scottish waters. Responding, Stephanie Conesa, Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said:  “Scotland is home to approximately 25% of Europe’s offshore wind resource and projects like Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre in Aberdeen promise to harness this potential on a massive scale. “This ground-breaking facility leads Aberdeen’s ongoing transition from fossil fuels to renewables, and reinforces Scotland’s global energy status. “As the windiest country in Europe with some of the deepest waters, we should be proud of Scotland’s burgeoning offshore wind industry. “With many more promising offshore wind sites on our doorstep, we hope to see similar facilities deployed in Scottish waters in future so we can fully utilise our country’s natural resources.”

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Eneco Group selects Capgemini and Sogeti in the Netherlands to develop innovative services for its customers using flexible and agile IT Utrecht and Paris, April 10, 2018 – Capgemini today announced that a four-and-a-half-year contract, worth €30 million has been awarded to its Dutch subsidiaries, Capgemini Nederland B.V. and Sogeti Nederland B.V., by Eneco Group, the leading Dutch sustainable energy provider. They will collaborate with Eneco Group to transform its IT services, and fulfill its innovation agenda and vision for a more sustainable world through continuity, renewal, and agile services. The Group’s subsidiaries, Capgemini and Sogeti in the Netherlands, were jointly selected after a tender process, recognising their strong competencies in cloud management, application services, end user services, and service integration. The Group will leverage its leading global expertise to enable Eneco to advance its digital customer experience offerings, as well as provide new innovative services such as smart home energy solutions. "In a constantly changing energy landscape, Eneco needed an experienced player with a deep-rooted understanding of the market to collaborate on its IT transformation journey,” said Perry Stoneman, Utilities Global Sector Lead at Capgemini Group. “We are proud to have been selected to help transform Eneco’s IT services landscape. We are

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