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Nantes, France, 28 May 2018. DHYBRID, the leading German solution provider for PV hybrid, energy storage and smart-grid projects, has announced its partnership with QOS Energy, the data intelligence cloud specialist, to monitor PV hybrid and energy storage plants. DHYBRID will benefit from the versatility of QOS Energy’s monitoring software, which is unique in its ability to aggregate data from all types of energy sources onto one single analytics platform. DHYBRID designs, installs and operates commercial and utility-scale hybrid plants, offering cost-efficient energy solutions for remote islands and other off-grid sites that need independent, reliable and decentralized electricity. The company substitutes old, unreliable and polluting diesel-powered generators with clean and efficient PV hybrid and energy storage solutions all around the globe. One of the key challenges associated with hybrid and off-grid plants is to successfully manage diverse power sources simultaneously, in order to guarantee the security of power supply. Through this partnership, the two companies will combine DHYBRID’s in-house SCADA & control technology with QOS Energy’s monitoring solution to successfully meet that challenge and ensure that each plant delivers energy as expected. QOS Energy’s cloud-based monitoring and analytics platform was selected for its unique ability to acquire data from any type of plant,

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Benchmarking report finds that despite general trend of improved performance, a significant number of PV products still experience failures 9% of submitted Bill of Materials (BOMs) failed one or more of the test criteria 12% of model types failed one or more of the test criteria 22% of manufacturers had at least one failure according to the test criteria Failure rates not linked to the geographic location of the factory or size of the manufacturer Berkeley, Calif. U.S. (28th May 2018) – DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, today published its fourth annual PV Module Reliability Scorecard report, the most complete publicly available comparison of PV module reliability test results. This year’s report finds that the reliability and durability of modules submitted to DNV GL for testing for the 2018 PV Module Reliability Scorecard generally improved in several of the test categories. However, in one of the test categories, damp heat, performance decreased. With 22% of manufacturers experiencing at least one failure in overall testing, buyers being conscious of the specific Bill of Materials (BOM) that identify specific models as Top Performers is crucial. For 2018, global annual solar installations are expected to surpass 100

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From May 28th to 30th, 2018, SCHMID Group will present itself and its production equipment to the international business audience at the SNEC in Shanghai (booth E3-535). SCHMID Group looks back on a successful first half of the year in the Business Unit Photovoltaics. In particular, increased CSi expansions of Asian customers led to the high order receipt. Over the last six months, 56 Single Side Etch lines of the new InfinityLine generation have been ordered from SCHMID. All of them will be delivered in 2018. The thin-film segment also provided the SCHMID Group with a large amount of new orders, both for wet process equipment and thermal processing systems. New production technologies of the SCHMID Group offer its customers decisive advantages over competitors and are increasingly in demand. The Alkaline Edge Isolation and Polishing system offers the world’s only process for edge isolation without any nitric acid (HNO3) as well as rear side polishing of high-efficiency cells. The likewise unique DW PreTex process for the texturing of diamond-wire sawn multi-crystalline wafers enables subsequent processing with the standard texture HF / HNO3. SCHMID’s proven APCVD (Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition) technology offers solar cell manufacturers a groundbreaking perspective for the future:

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Hamburg, 25 May 2018 – The global wind industry continues to look with optimism towards the future in 2018, with positive signals coming from the Asian markets and some European markets. That compensates for the somewhat cautious mood in established markets such as Germany. The market situation in 2020 is expected to be significantly better at global level than it is today. Those are the key findings of the current WindEnergy trend:index (WETI), conducted in March and April this year and presented today (25 May) at a press conference in Hamburg. WindEnergy Hamburg, the world’s leading expo for onshore and offshore wind energy, has worked in cooperation with wind:research, the leading market research agency in the wind energy sector, to prepare a mood survey for the industry, measuring a WindEnergy Trend Index (WETI). WindEnergy Hamburg will be held at the Hamburg Messe site from 25 to 28 September. It is a part of the Global Wind Summit 2018. More than 700 industry experts worldwide participated in the survey, answering 9 questions. The main focus of more than half the companies responding is in Germany and/or Europe; nearly the same number of companies has their main focus in North America, Asia, and the rest of

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WindEnergy Hamburg To Welcome 1400 Exhibitors From Around 40 Countries WindEurope Conference will host more than 500 expert speakers and presenters Hamburg, 25 May 2018 – From 25 to 28 September the world´s largest wind industry event, the Global Wind Summit, will take place at the Hamburg Messe fair site. Comprising the world’s leading wind industry expo WindEnergy Hamburg and the WindEurope global on and offshore conference, the event shows the highlights of one of the most innovation-driven sectors. The great importance of wind energy for the energy needs of the world is an uncontested fact. The industry is making giant strides in overcoming its core challenge: to further reduce the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) while opening up new markets. New technologies, products and applications have enabled wind energy to be competitive with fossil energy sources even today. Now the challenge is to further drive the energy turnaround towards achieving a decarbonised energy supply infrastructure. The new preference for public invitations to tender for onshore and offshore wind projects represents a global paradigm shift that encourages the industry to accelerate the speed of innovation. The Global Wind Summit, which will begin in exactly 4 months, will offer answers to the question

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Engineer Award winner saved employer £250,000 17-year-old analyst given Special Commendation for development of bespoke SMART training course Ten up-and-coming green energy stars have been honoured at the 2018 Young Professionals Green Energy Awards. Winners included James Williamson, who won the Engineer Award for saving employer SSE over £250,000 by suggesting refurbishing rather than replacing a damaged valve at Quoich Dam in the Highlands. The talented young engineer used algebraic equations to produce a 3D model of the part – cutting costs and ensuring the 63-year-old scheme continued producing green energy. He joins nine others in receiving honours at the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards, which were held in Glasgow last night (May 24). Also honoured were John Freeburn, a serviceman turned wind turbine technician who won the Apprentice Award for working with Windhoist’s huge cranes to grow Europe’s wind fleet, and Sarah Cochetel, who won the Project Manager Award for delivering more than 100 solar PV projects during her time with Wood. Hannah Greening of EDF Renewables was handed the coveted Judges Award for her management of the Corriemoillie Wind Farm Blanket Mire Restoration Project. The youngest finalist of the evening was 17-year-old whizzkid Gavin Kitching, who received a Special Commendation from the judges. The ScottishPower Energy

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Kahl am Main, Germany / Singapore, May 25, 2018 – SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG (SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES) and the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) are entering a second phase in the joint research collaboration on developing cost-effective manufacturing tools with lower cost of ownership. After an initial phase proving that an inductively coupled PECVD (ICPECVD) plasma source concept works, a new agreement was signed in which both parties continue their joint research and development efforts to industrialize highly efficient solar cell concepts. The aim of the collaboration is to develop innovative, cost-effective processes on SINGULUS’ novel mass production tools for the fabrication of crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells. Dr Thomas MUELLER, SERIS’ Head of Heterojunction Cell Development, said: “SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES is a strong industrial partner for SERIS with a proven track record in high-tech tool manufacturing sectors like high-capacity storage, semiconductor and solar, by implementing novel and effective manufacturing concepts in cost-effective packages. SERIS is adding its longstanding expertise in heterojunction device structures to develop the processes on the new platform, so that the PV manufacturing industry has a short learning curve when deploying the new platform”. Dr Marco Huber, Product manager PECVD at SINGULUS

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Scottish Renewables member company Natural Power announced today (24 May) that it has invested £540,000 in a new state-of-the-art Control Centre to manage 5GW of onshore and offshore wind, biomass, solar and hydro capacity. The facility was opened this morning by Scottish Government Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP. Commenting, Fabrice Leveque, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “Natural Power’s new state-of-the-art facility has been specially designed with the company’s next decade of growth in mind and this should be commended. “The Dumfries and Galloway hub will handle 5GW of onshore and offshore wind, biomass, solar and hydro capacity from the UK, Ireland, France and the US, proving that international renewable energy assets can be managed from rural Scotland. “In our ever-changing industry, it’s reassuring to see the creation of a sophisticated and flexible centre with the ability to manage capacity from multiple renewable energy technologies.”

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Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse officially opens Natural Power’s new ControlCentre and Brockloch Rig Wind Farm Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse  today (Thursday 24th May) visited Natural Power’s global headquarters, ‘The Green House’ in Dumfries and Galloway, to mark the official launch of the new over £540,000 ControlCentre, and to mark the opening of Fred Olsen Renewables’ Brockloch Rig Wind Farm, which is to be operated by Natural Power. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Natural Power’s ControlCentre, a new state-of-the-art facility, has been created. This is the largest, independently operated 24/7 control room in the UK, managing more than 175 renewable energy assets which are located throughout the UK, Ireland, France and the US. The ControlCentre now employs 19 staff and manages 5 GW of capacity (Scotland’s maximum demand is 6 GW) comprising onshore and offshore wind, biomass, solar and hydro. This new investment also ensures the ControlCentre complies with all the new EU cybersecurity rules to protect clients’ assets and the grid keeping them safe against potential cyber-attacks. Stephen Trotter, Managing Director at Natural Power, said: “In early 2017 we decided to take control centre to the next level. To ensure Natural Power remained at the forefront of asset management, data provision and

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• 25-year turbine lifetime • Full service agreement over entire lifetime with cutting edge remote diagnostics included • Minimized environmental impact during installation and operation Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will supply three onshore wind farms in Norway including 70 units of its Onshore OptimaFlex wind turbines. The SWT-DD-130 turbines will each feature a rated capacity of 4.2 megawatts (MW) and a 130 meter diameter rotor. All turbines will be installed on steel towers with 125 meter hub heights. The project sites with 15, 18 and 37 units are located in the Bjerkreim and Ha municipalities – approximately 50 kilometers south-east of Stavanger. A 25-year full service agreement with a yield based availability warranty secures the long term performance of the wind farms. Owner and long-term operator of the wind farm trio is Hamburg based Luxcara, a leading asset manager for renewable energy investments for institutional investors. The installation of the 76MW-Skinansfjellet project, the 63MW-Gravdal wind farm and the Eikeland-Steinsland project with over 155 megawatts – a combined rating of 294 MW and collectively known as the Bjerkreim cluster – will start in spring 2019 with completion planned for autumn 2019. “We are very happy to be able to rely on Siemens Gamesa as

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