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Blackdog to see annual funding allocation Local champions in the North-east are being given the chance to get involved with the next stage of the offshore wind community benefit scheme for the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC). The scheme will support community empowerment and enhanced quality of life in the North-east of Scotland after local feedback from people across Aberdeen City and Shire was analysed by Dr Claire Haggett, one of Scotland’s leading wind farm fund experts. The University of Edinburgh academic’s independent analysis told Vattenfall what the region’s communities want from the 20-year, £3mn, Unlock our Future fund. These include preparing communities for the future, capacity building and investment in community spaces and transport. Following the consultation, work is now underway to set up the £150,000-a-year scheme, expected to run for 20-years. This includes a search for local champions to help get the scheme up and running with the first call for community funding proposals is expected to follow in the autumn 2018. And thanks to the community feedback, Vattenfall has agreed that £15,000 a year – 10% of the annual total – will be dedicated to the people of Blackdog, where the substation for the EOWDC is located. Adam Ezzamel, Vattenfall’s project director

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Paris, France, and Greenwich (CT), USA – June 07th, 2018 – Alesia Communications, the renewable energy PR & Marketing specialist, announced today that it will now accept payments in SolarCoins for the delivery of its services. With this move, Alesia Communications takes a strong step forward in fostering the SolarCoin ecosystem. The SolarCoin blockchain project is a solar-based alternative digital currency which powers the SolarCoin ecosystem, and ambitions to create tomorrow’s smart solar economy. Solarcoins are granted for free by the SolarCoin Foundation to every solar power producer that registers their installations on the SolarCoin platform. They are granted at the rate of §1SolarCoin for each MWh of verified solar energy produced. A number of Solar IPPs like ACWA Power have already registered their PV assets on the SolarCoin platform. Such companies will be able to use the Solarcoin they earn to secure Alesia’s PR and marketing services. “Alesia is proud to be an early adopter of SolarCoin. We want to contribute to this visionary project, whose success largely depends on the active creation of a diversified and plentiful network of suppliers who accept SolarCoin as a medium for value exchange. The point is to build a circular economy and as more

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Designer streamlines PV design for a value-driven solution HERZLIYA, ISRAEL (June 6, 2018) – SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (“SolarEdge”) (NASDAQ: SEDG), a global leader in smart energy, is launching its new Designer tool to enable faster, easier planning of solar energy system designs. The new web-based tool with an intuitive graphical interface helps installers lower PV design costs and increase conversion rates by creating compelling customer proposals. The free Designer tool is part of SolarEdge’s comprehensive vision to support the entire PV process, including design, quotation, installation, and monitoring in one, end-to-end, cloud-based platform. Developed with SolarEdge’s expertise in PV software, and using input from SolarEdge’s global community of PV professionals, Designer streamlines SolarEdge system design to create a value-driven solution. Saving design time and costs, Designer uses satellite imagery and provides instant validation of a site's design. The tool also simplifies the electrical design process with product recommendations and a Bill of Materials report. By creating attractive and informative homeowner offers, which include intuitive 3D site modeling and monthly energy simulations, SolarEdge’s Designer supports the sales process for PV installers. “Software is playing a more pivotal role in the PV industry, from the local level of each residential system all the way up

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ABB Turbocharging and Multimarine Services Ltd (MMS) have agreed an ABB Turbocharging Service Point will open at the MMS shipyard facility at Limassol Port, Cyprus, for ultimate convenience for customers. The deal confirms the creation of the first turbocharging service point in Limassol to be located at a shipyard, after proactive discussions between ABB Turbocharging Greece & Cyprus and MMS to relocate ABB’s local service facilities. The relocation will support a closer physical pick up point for marine customers, providing convenience and faster access to customized servicing for optimal uptime and fleet productivity. “This is a positive agreement for ABB Turbocharging and will enable us to better serve our customers by offering reliable, timely servicing directly from Limassol Port,” said Mr John Smyrneos, Manager, ABB Turbocharging Greece & Cyprus. While located on third-party premises, the ABB Service Point is non-exclusive. It is open to all ABB Turbocharging customers across industries including marine, oil and gas, power generation, earthmoving and mining. Highly qualified service technicians and engineers will offer customized solutions for dry-docking and afloat vessel repairs. Other service solutions available will include preventive and responsive service, overhauls of ABB turbochargers (all types and sizes), replacing ABB turbocharger components, reblading, dynamic balancing, shaft repairs, blasting

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SolarEdge will present at its booth (Hall B3, booth 110) during Intersolar Europe 2018, its complete residential solution, commercial solution with new product releases, and grid services solution. A German translation is available below. Expanding its commercial solution, SolarEdge will unveil new additions to its commercial portfolio that further improve its scalability and cost-effectiveness A complete residential solution with a full range of residential power optimizers and inverters, StorEdge solution, and smart energy suite An EV-charging inverter, shortlisted as a Smarter E Award finalist, offering faster, eco-friendly and economical EV charging utilizing grid and PV power with solar boost mode Grid services solution that enables cloud-based, real-time aggregative control, management and reporting of a pool of distributed energy resources SolarEdge will present a variety of new innovative solutions, provide hourly tours, and display its new Designer tool with an opportunity to win prizes. In the main courtyard next to Hall B3, SolarEdge will present its Smart Home, showcasing its live smart energy solution and invite attendees to stop by and take part in live demos. SolarEdge will also display its EV-charging single-phase inverter at the entrance to the event. About SolarEdge SolarEdge is a global leader in smart energy technology. By leveraging world-class engineering

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Frankfurt (Oder), 5 June 2018 — The solar module manufacturer Astronergy is profiting from the favourable market conditions in the wholesale sector. The company has won over a majority of electrical and photovoltaics wholesale customers who previously obtained their modules from SolarWorld. Astronergy’s solar modules are produced in one of the world’s most cutting-edge factories at its Frankfurt (Oder) site, Germany, and are sold via wholesale partners. Please find press pictures for download here: http://www.astronergy-solarmodule.de/en/presse-leser/astronergy-wins-further-wholesale-market-shares.html “We’ve acquired important players in the electrical and PV wholesale sector as new customers,” reports Sebastian Mäscher, who has been Head of Sales for Germany, Austria and Switzerland at Astronergy Solarmodule GmbH since October 2017 after leaving his role as Head of Sales Germany North at SolarWorld AG. “This also shows us that we’re on the right path with our sales strategy. We’ll be continuing to rely on distribution via strong partners in the wholesale sector, establishing a convincing market presence to close the gap created by SolarWorld.” High demand for German-made solar modules “The demand for high-quality solar modules manufactured in Germany is as strong as ever, and monocrystalline modules in particular are very popular. Our German production site means that we can deliver large quantities of

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Wittenberg/Berlin, 5 June 2018 – The commercial storage system manufacturer Tesvolt has been nominated for the renowned German Entrepreneur Award. The panel of judges has named the Wittenberg-based company as one of the top three finalists in the Rising Star category, rating it as being among the most successful start-ups in Germany of recent years. The German Entrepreneur Award is presented by ZDF, stern, Sparkasse and Porsche. Please find press pictures for download here: https://www.tesvolt.com/en/presse/tesvolt-ist-fuer-den-deutschen-gruenderpreis-nominiert__prr25.html First fully automated storage system production facility “We are delighted to have been nominated. Since being founded, Tesvolt has achieved an excellent rate of growth. We would never have imagined that our storage systems would have taken off so quickly around the world,” comments Daniel Hannemann, Managing Director of Tesvolt, who established the company with Simon Schandert in 2014. The two engineers started out by using their own savings to develop their very first prototype storage solution. “The demand was there and we both had a large network of connections in the photovoltaics industry,” recalls Hannemann. The company soon found strong partners in the form of SMA and Samsung SDI. SMA Solar Technology supplies the powerful inverters used in Tesvolt’s storage systems, while Samsung provides the lithium-based prismatic high-efficiency

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Approvals for Mark III Flex+ and GTT MARS™ Approvals in principle for LNG carrier and bunker vessel designs Approval for improved performance on existing containment systems Paris-La Défense, France, June 05, 2018 – Bureau Veritas, a leader in risk management across the gas supply chain, has issued a broad swathe of approvals to GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz), expert in membrane containment systems and LNG technology applications. Bureau Veritas experts have been working with GTT to approve two new containment systems: the Mark III Flex+, an evolution of the Mark III® but with a lower boil-off rate (BOR), and the GTT MARS™, a containment system developed for LPG carriers that is adaptable to any size of tank or ship. Approval in Principle (AiP) has been provided for a 6,500 cbm bunker barge (jointly developed between DSEC and GTT) and the AiP for the design of an 180,000 cbm LNG carrier is being finalized. Both demonstrate GTT’s move beyond containment technology systems to full ship design. Additional AiPs have been granted for: A solution for vapour pocket management allowing LNG carriers, in compliance with the revised IGC Code, to operate with an increased filling limit (above 98%). GTT’s NO96 pressurization system evolution to provide enhanced maintenance flexibility and

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The future of solar farm security lies in communications technology. And in an optimised cooperation between security service providers and authorities. PES wanted to find out what advancements had been made at viamon since last hearing from them. Worldwide – but especially in sun-drenched regions such as the so-called Sun Belt near the equator – the number of large solar farms is growing continuously. But the environmentally friendly production of electricity and heat with solar collectors is now also booming in regions that are comparatively less sunny. In the UK, for example, more and more agricultural land is being used for the ‘cultivation’ of photovoltaic (PV) modules to harvest solar power. However, the valuable solar modules arouse desires. Protecting installed systems from specialised and often well-organised gangs of thieves is a complex challenge for security service providers. After all, the security-relevant objects are placed – visible to everyone – under the open sky. Solar farms are, of course, not placed on greenfield sites completely unprotected. But many operators of on-grid PV systems have already found out that their technological assets are not sufficiently protected by fences, surveillance cameras and alarm systems alone. A fact that also affects off-grid systems, such as water pumps

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Gordon Clements, General Manager Residential Power & Energy VARTA Storage GmbH, caught up with PES, during his very busy schedule, to bring us up to date with the latest news from this innovative company. PES: Welcome to PES Solar/PV publication. Thanks for talking with us. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of VARTA storage and the importance of the Solar/PV industry to you? Gordon Clements: We are located in the Bavarian town of Nördlingen, Germany. We have 130 years of experience in the battery industry and have become a leading manufacturer of energy storage devices for private households and tailor-made, large-scale storage applications. Plus, we provide powerful and reliable energy solutions for the requirements of cordless devices. So we are very experienced in mastering the challenges of lithium-ion batteries efficiently and safely. Our worldwide presence ensures fast and flexible solutions. The solar and PV industry is really important for us. The global energy storage is one of the vital challenges and growth opportunities of the 21st Century and we see energy storage systems as key to success in this. PES: Is this a growing market for you? GC: Yes we are pleased to say the energy storage is a

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