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Paul Wheelhouse MSP officially opens Natural Power’s new ControlCentre and Brockloch Rig Wind Farm Paul Wheelhouse MSP and Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, 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

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COORDINADORA has been working for over a year on a demanding project that has shown most of our capabilities and our ETM methodology. After managining several airfreight transport operations for this project, at the beginning of May, we began the transport process of the heaviest pieces entrusted to us: 5 slug catchers of 2,008 t. These pieces will be transported from Gijón, Spain to Jubail, KSA. They are expected to be carried in 2 shipments. The first one is already sailing with two slug catchers on board. After travelling approximately one month, the 2 pieces will be unloaded and carried 95 km by SPMT (Self Propelled Modular Transport) up to Fadhili facilities. The challenges faced by COORDINADORA included:  To find a vessel that met the needs of this project suitable for RoRo loading. We had to precisely calculate the mooring arrangement, considering the constraints existing at both ports, origin and destination. The grillage was designed in-house by our specialised engineers, manufactured and installed in a record breaking period.  The design had to effectively distribute the 2,000 t weight of each piece to the strongest points of the vessel deck.  A special and innovative sea-fastening solution had to be developed due to cargo limitations. The solution

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  Strategic sales partnership established with IMC, Mumbai   Strong potential for growth in emerging photovoltaics industry in Asia Wiesbaden, Germany, May 24 2018 – VITRONIC, a global leader in industrial machine vision, will expand its presence in the Indian photovoltaics market. At the start of 2018, the German SME with headquarters in Wiesbaden formed a strategic sales partnership with the Indian company IMC. This new partnership will strengthen VITRONIC's presence in Asia. Together the two companies will focus on marketing fully automatic optical inspection solutions for the entire spectrum of photovoltaics production. India has seen dynamic growth in recent years representing the third largest market for system installations in the world. IMC was founded in 1975 with headquarters in Mumbai, along with other locations in Delhi, Bengaluru and Pune. The company is well established in the market with 25 years of experience in the photovoltaics industry and has a broad customer base that includes all world-leading photovoltaics manufacturers. IMC offers high-tech solutions for the entire photovoltaics value chain and a comprehensive service portfolio that offers consultation, process integration, data management and training.

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Floating Lidar company EOLOS sign further agreements with sole supplier ZephIR Lidar 23 May 2018: Turn-key offshore wind measurements team extend order coverage with leading offshore Lidar company ZephIR in response to increasing opportunities geographically and in support of new wind technologies. “EOLOS has been successful in a number of new geographical markets as part of a targeted campaign in 2018 to extend our market coverage. Our project experience in Western Europe combined with our industry recognised validation by The Carbon Trust has complemented our plans to expand in to both US and Asia” commented Julian Harland, Sales Director at EOLOS. “Further to this, we have seen expansion in support of new technologies – Floating Wind – in our recent deployment at the 24MW EolMed project. And to support this growth we must extend our fleet and that includes the use of the offshore industry-leading Lidar, from ZephIR Lidar.” In a recent meeting at ZephIR Lidar in the UK, EOLOS confirmed the agreement to purchase further ZephIR 300M wind Lidars which form the key wind measurement component within the EOLOS FLS200. “ZephIR 300M is a critical part of our system and we wanted to take the opportunity to visit the ZephIR Lidar Production Centre

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Trina Solar, the Chinese leading supplier of global solutions for the photovoltaic sector, has reached an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in Nclave. This agreement consolidates the strategic one signed this March between both companies; an engagement to jointly develop, commercialize and install integrated solutions for the photovoltaic sector with Nclave’s advanced photovoltaic tracker. This corporate transaction reinforces Nclave’s position in the photovoltaic tracker market; and boosts the company’s growth plans. This change will enhance Nclave’s strategic plan and global positioning by increasing its already wide client portfolio. Nclave bankability and financial backing also receive a huge boost with the entry of Trina Solar as the new controling share holder. Trina Solar Limited, founded in 1997, is one of the leading companies in the solar sector worldwide. Currently, the company is immersed in an ambitious transformation process with the aim of becoming one of the main suppliers of global solutions in the solar sector. The company´s leading position in the industry is based on innovation excellence, high quality products, vertically integrated capacities and an environmentally efficient, responsible management. This March, which marks the company’s twentieth anniversary, Trina Solar launched the TrinaPro solution; offering an optimized integration of modules-trackers-inverter, with the objective of reducing

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Table tennis legend will meet fans and share success principles at SNEC 2018 in Shanghai. SHANGHAI, China -May 23 2018- Heraeus Photovoltaics, which has helped customers achieve PERC efficiency world records five times in the past 18 months, announced today that table tennis star Timo Boll will meet fans at the Heraeus Booth (W3-510) at the 2018 SNEC International Photovoltaic Power Generation and Smart Energy Exhibition & Conference at the Shanghai New International Expo Center. Boll will meet fans on May 29 for photos, autographs and a chance to play a few volleys with this legendary world champion. The partnership between Heraeus Photovoltaics and Timo Boll, ranked number one in 2018 for the fourth time in his career, centers around a shared commitment for peak performance and world records. For Heraeus, the most recent customer achievement occurred in China, where the company’s silver paste enabled a solar cell company to reach 23.95% photovoltaic conversion efficiency, establishing a new monocrystalline PERC cell conversion efficiency world record. The records were verified by the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Photovoltaic and Wind Power System Quality Test Center. Andreas Liebheit, President of Heraeus Photovoltaics, noted that after company executives met with the legendary table tennis superstar, it became

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Ideol, the internationally recognized leader in floating offshore wind, and STX Europe Offshore Energy, the well-known EPCIM supplier of substations to the bottom-fixed offshore wind industry, announce the development of a breakthrough floating substation. This one will be compatible with both bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind farms. Their universal and modular solution is expected to impact the market of offshore substations and aims at being market-ready for France’s upcoming floating commercial tenders. Based on Ideol’s patented and shallow-draft Damping Pool® concept and designed to operate in the world most extreme environments, this universal floating substation is currently being designed and engineered with a target of maximum standardization and modularization that allow cost reduction. But this concept will remain flexible to satisfy client demands, local rules, standards, certification and/or specific certification requirements. Ideol and STX are combining their respective expertise to develop, build and install a floating substation for both bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind farms starting at depths of 30 meters. The market potential is huge, as 115 GW of new offshore capacity is expected to be installed across the globe by 2030.

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SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif., May 22, 2018 – Trojan Battery Co., LLC, the world’s leading manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, has named Okada Corp. as a master distributor of Trojan batteries in Japan. “Okada’s team of battery experts can now effectively support the Trojan brand for customers throughout Japan, as well as ensure that they have access to Trojan’s broad portfolio of deep-cycle battery products,” said Takeya Suzuki, deputy general for Okada.  “Okada’s dedicated team of professionals is looking forward to providing the region’s Trojan Battery customers with the highest-level of sales and technical support services.” Based in Tokyo, Okada is a leading battery distributor in the country and will supply Trojan’s comprehensive line of deep-cycle batteries to customers in Trojan’s core market segments including renewable energy, golf, marine, and mobile elevated work platforms and other industrial applications. “By expanding our sales in Japan with the help of Okada, Trojan can now better meet the growing demand for our deep-cycle batteries in the country,” said Mat Segal, senior vice president of international sales at Trojan.  “We are excited by the potential increase of Trojan battery sales and market share in Japan.” About Okada Corp. Okada was founded in 1950 and is a wholesale distributor of aftermarket

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Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, PetroVietnam and Vietnam Electricity take part in inaugural EIC Connect Energy Vietnam conference and exhibition Ho Chi Minh City, May 21 2018. Over 180 delegates from across the UK energy supply chain attended the first ever EIC Connect event to take place in Vietnam on 17 May in Ho Chi Minh City. The purpose of EIC Connect Energy Vietnam was to bring together UK suppliers with Vietnamese developers to discuss how they can work together on projects across Vietnam’s oil and gas, power and renewables sectors. Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade Vice Minister Mr Hoang Quoc Vuong officially opened the event, providing the conference’s plenary speech. EIC Connect Energy Vietnam was co-hosted by PetroVietnam and Vietnam Electricity. In addition to the two state-owned giants, the UK delegates also heard from over 30 other major energy companies operating in the country including GE Vietnam, Phu Quoc POC and Premier Oil during a day of conference sessions, project briefings and more than 200 private one-to-one meetings. An exhibition also took place which allowed UK companies to display their tools and services to buyers from across South East Asia. Commenting on the first ever EIC Connect event in Vietnam, EIC CEO Stuart

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Responding, Fabrice Leveque, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: "The offshore wind projects which are currently being developed in Scotland are already providing enormous economic benefits to our country. The Beatrice scheme in the Moray Firth, for example, will deliver up to £1.2 billion into the UK and Scottish economy via employment and supply chain opportunities during its lifetime. "Crown Estate Scotland’s proposals set the tone for the future of this vibrant sector. New sites would allow us to capture more of our offshore wind resource and enable Scotland’s burgeoning offshore wind supply chain to gear up and grow, delivering jobs and investment not just on our coasts, but across the country."

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