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DP Contract – the largest in Global Maritime’s history – will facilitate DP testing and implementation, and reduce vessel downtime Stavanger, 21 May 2018. Global Maritime, a leading marine, offshore and engineering consultancy, and Unisea, a software and consultancy house with a dedicated shipping focus, have won a five-year contract to provide dynamic positioning (DP) assurance software solutions to the shipping fleet of Norwegian offshore service and supply ship company SolstadFarstad. The deal with SolstadFarstad, who have a particular focus on the offshore oil & gas and renewables sectors, is the biggest DP assurance contract in Global Maritime's history. The new software solution will make the implementation and documentation of DP testing easier, avoiding vessel downtime while at the same time improving crew knowledge and experience. The software will be integrated with SolstadFarstad's current on-board software. “We are delighted to be signing the biggest contract in Global Maritime’s history for the implementation and documentation of dynamic positioning assurance on client vessels”, saidEgil Kvannli, CEO of Global Maritime: He continues: “Offshore businesses must change to become more digital and Global Maritime and UniSea are leading the way in delivering innovative and cost-effective digital solutions across the industry. We hope that other companies will follow suit.”   His

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SeaRoc Group has announced the launch of its Strategic Alliance Program where it will be working with a number of reputable industry partners to expand its range of marine coordination services. Recent years have seen the increasing development of the Marine Coordination function in the construction and ongoing management of offshore wind farms. As offshore projects become more complex with the movement into deeper waters and increased distances from shore, the demand has too increased, for more advanced Marine Coordination capabilities. SeaRoc Group have frequently been asked to supply Marine Coordinators where clients do not have an in house team and have developed the Strategic Alliance Program to recommend trusted partners to meet clients’ needs. “We have developed the Strategic Alliance Program to ensure that users of our SeaPlanner software have access to teams of experienced Marine Coordinators that can utilise our management tools to deliver safe and efficient Marine operations.” says Steve Pears, SeaRoc Group Managing Director.

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Ingeteam will once again be present at the world's leading event in the solar sector: Intersolar Europe. At its 150 m2 stand, the company will showcase its very latest products and technology for PV plants, as well as control, monitoring and automation systems and battery inverters. Ingeteam will also present its latest developments in predictive maintenance through its Ingeboards data analysis platform. Indeed, the company has established itself as a global leader in the operation and maintenance sector, with a contract portfolio of more than 12 GW of maintained power in renewable energy generation plants. Ingeteam currently maintains more than 25,000 PV inverters in more than 500 plants throughout the world. 1500 V central inverter At its stand, Ingeteam will showcase the latest version of its 1500 Vdc inverter, the INGECON® SUN PowerMax B Series, which can deliver a power output of 1800 kVA in a single power block at ambient temperatures of up to 30oC, thereby giving a power density of 317kW/m3. Thanks to this powerful inverter and to the possibility of connecting up to four inverters to the same transformer low voltage winding, Ingeteam achieves 7.2 MVA in a single Power Station with 1500 Vdc technology. One of the main innovations of this

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Jan De Nul Group signs Formosa 1 Phase 2 Offshore Wind Contract image002.jpg17 May 2018 – Jan De Nul Group signs another important Offshore Wind Contract in Taiwan for the design, procurement and installation of the wind turbine foundations for the Formosa 1 (Phase 2) Offshore Wind Farm, owned by Formosa Wind Power Co., a partnership of Macquarie Capital Group Limited (50%), Ørsted AS (35%) and Swancor Renewable Energy Co. Ltd (15%). The scope also includes scour protection and cable installation. The second phase will add 20 offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 120MW to Formosa 1's current 8MW capacity. Formosa 1, located off the coast of Chunan Town, Miaoli County, in North-West Taiwan, will be the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in Taiwan before 2020. This contract is signed just a few weeks after the Changhua OWF contract with Taiwan Power Company. Both projects are the first renewables contracts outside of Europe for Jan De Nul Group. “We build on our years of experience in Europe, with offshore wind projects in Belgium, England, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Germany,” says Peter De Pooter, Manager Offshore Renewables at Jan De Nul Group. “We are happy to be part of this new turn

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VARTA Storage and E-One Moli Energy to develop high performance Lithium-Ion battery applications for the European market VARTA Storage and E-One Moli Energy (Moli) have announced a collaborative relationship to develop the European market for high performance Lithium-Ion-Battery (LiB) applications. With the new cooperation the companies will meet the demand for LiB’s in high performance Lithium-Ion cells. The demand arises from major cell vendors and large scale energy storage applications. VARTA Storage, focusing on battery storage and lithium-ion systems and Moli, produces lithium-ion cells expect the production of higher performance batteries for applications and a fast time to market of the cooperation. Gordon Clements, General Manager of Power & Energy at VARTA Storage GmbH based in Nördlingen, Bavaria, commented that “We are a key player in the European battery industry and our company has more than 130 years of experience in battery technology as well as more than 30 years of experience in the field of lithium-ion battery technology. The rechargeable lithium-ion-batteries are powering a wide range of applications worldwide, such as power-tools, wearables, home-and-garden tools, robotics and material handling as well as larger applications like residential or commercial energy storage systems. The opportunity to work with Moli in Europe fits perfectly

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Installation jackup vessel installs 87 turbines on largest offshore windfarm Total installed turbines could power nearly 1.4million homes* 17th May 2018: The world’s largest and most advanced installation jackup vessel has successfully completed work on the biggest offshore windfarm project in the Irish Sea, with its operators reaching an installation milestone. Scylla, owned and operated by world leading offshore installation and maintenance contractor Seajacks, recently finished installing 87 turbines on the Walney Extension windfarm off the Cumbrian coast. The vessel began work at Walney Extension, which once operational will be the world’s biggest offshore windfarm, on the 1st August 2017 and completed installation of 40 MHI Vestas 8MW turbines and 47 Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines on 24th April 2018. Having originally been contracted to install all the turbines in 246 days, Scylla completed work four weeks ahead of schedule. Delivered in October 2015, Scylla is a state of the art wind turbine foundation and installation vessel specifically designed for deep water and large windfarm components and is the only ship capable of installing 12MW+ turbines at a single time. Fitted with 105 metre long legs, she has the ability to install components in water depths of up to 65 metres. The Walney Extension, a

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Photovoltaics (PV) is one of the key technologies of a sustainable energy supply based on renewable energy. Besides silicon-based photovoltaics, which presently dominates the market, there are other materials, such as perovskite, that also show great potential. Scientists are testing the proof of concept of these new types of solar cells. Very innovative is a new process for fabricating solar cells using sustainable and more resource-friendly methods. Hereby the number of production steps can be drastically reduced by reversing the manufacturing process. Such an in-situ concept for printed perovskite solar cells is being developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. With a record efficiency of 12.6 %, the researchers have now reached an important milestone in the field of printed photovoltaics. Today silicon solar cells dominate the global photovoltaic market.  They are produced using numerous processing steps starting with the synthesis of the photoactive material through to the solar cell fabrication then subsequently interconnected and encapsulated in a solar PV module. With the material perovskite and the goal of reducing the number of processing steps, the research group around Dr. Andreas Hinsch at Fraunhofer ISE asked the question: Why can’t we reverse the manufacturing process so that first

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GES contributes with its expertise in the installation of wind turbines The tower prototype will validate a new design to reduce the turbine installation costs May 2018. GES is cooperating with Nabrawind in the installation of a new self-erecting tower prototype, patented by the Spanish engineering company. GES has taken part in the first assembly tests and is now in charge of the erection of the prototype, which will be 160 meter high, in Eslava (Spain). Nabrawind aims to validate the innovative design, that will make possible a dramatic- decrease in the tower erection costs. The use of a modular self-erecting system, avoids the big cranes costs currently used in r the installation of the tallest wind turbines. GES has been a pioneer in the renewable sector and is always aware of the new trends in the industry, adapting its services to the changing needs of a constantly evolving sector. “Being involved in this project has a strategic component for GES”, Alberto de Alfonso, Installation Business Unit Director said “We are very pleased to take part in this project. We really think that Nabrawind’s design can revolutionize the wind turbine assembly process. This collaboration in such a milestone for the

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Efficient storage solution for industry and commerce Wittenberg/Munich, 16 May 2018 – The Tesvolt high-voltage storage system has been shortlisted for the ees AWARD. The manufacturer from Wittenberg (Germany) has launched a storage system which is exceptionally economical: the TS HV 70. The levelized cost of storage (LCOS) is a mere 9 euro cents. With its outstanding total system efficiency of 92 percent and a lifespan of up to 30 years, this high-voltage storage system certainly pays off. The ees AWARD, which honours the most pioneering products for electricity storage each year, will be presented on 20 June at ees Europe, the continent’s largest exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems. Press photos are available here: https://www.tesvolt.com/en/presse/tesvolt-high-voltage-storage-system-has-been-nominated-for-the-ees-award__prr24.html “We are delighted about the nomination – after all, the ees AWARD is the Oscars of the storage industry,” says Daniel Hannemann, Tesvolt’s Managing Director. “Our high-voltage storage system shows the market that storage systems pay off for industry and commerce.” High overall efficiency equals economic efficiency “A storage system’s economic efficiency essentially depends on its overall energy efficiency. Many storage system manufacturers only state the battery efficiency, even though the overall efficiency of the storage system is what really counts,” explains Simon Schandert, Director of Engineering at

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Petrofac has secured a long-term Framework Agreement (FA) with Transmission Capital to provide engineering services across six of its OFTO (Offshore Transmission Owner) assets. Under the Agreement, which is for five years, Petrofac has already been awarded two subsea engineering work scopes on key export cables connecting the Lincs and Robin Rigg offshore windfarms with their onshore transmission systems. The FA will enable Petrofac to support future engineering requirements across all of Transmission Capital’s OFTO export cables and substations in the Southern North Sea and Irish Sea. The award builds upon Petrofac’s recent successes in the UK and German offshore wind markets, where it has been providing Engineering, Procurement and Construction support on major fixed and floating wind developments, and designing and engineering subsea cables. Commenting, Usman Darr, Vice President Engineering Services for Petrofac Engineering and Production Services, West said: “This award reflects Petrofac’s growing position in the offshore wind market, where we continue to build our track record of delivering a strong, technically competent service for our clients. “We very much look forward to having the opportunity to leverage our experience of challenging seabed conditions on behalf of Transmission Capital, through a range of multi-discipline engineering and operational support services.”

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