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• Strong commercial activity: the backlog boosted by €3,292 million in firm orders • Financial performance is in line with the guidance issued to the market for fiscal year 2018 • The L3AD2020 program is fully operational and gaining traction Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy released its results for the first nine months (October-June) and the third quarter (April-June) of fiscal year 2018 today. The company’s financial performance in the third quarter and the first nine months of FY2018 was in line with the fiscal year 2018 guidance (revenues of €9,000-9,600 million and EBIT margin of 7-8%). Revenue amounted to €2,135 million (-21% YoY) in the third quarter, and €6,504 million (-25% YoY) in the first nine months of the year, impacted by lower turbine sale volumes and pricing. EBIT pre-PPA, restructuring and integration costs amounted to €156 million in the quarter and the EBIT margin was 7.3%. Between October and June, EBIT pre-PPA, restructuring and integration costs reached €478 million and the EBIT margin was 7.4%. The company reported €45 million in net profit in the first nine months, including the impact of restructuring and integration costs, continuing the recovery. Net debt was €154 million at the end of the quarter. The L3AD2020 program, presented on 15 February

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innogy SE  has appointed David Few as Project Director for the largest project in its current development  portfolio, the 1.2 gigawatt (GW) Sofia Offshore Wind Farm, sited on Dogger Bank in the North Sea. As Project Director David Few will be responsible for delivering a winning bid for Sofia in a Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction and leading the innogy project team through all aspects of the pre-construction phase of the project. David brings with him more than 30 years of technical, commercial, business leadership and project experience, most recently heading up renewables and conventional generation projects, including three 400+ megawatt (MW) offshore wind projects, for engineering consultancy Atkins. “Throughout my career I have found it most rewarding to work on projects where there is complexity and scope for innovation, both of which are in abundance in the offshore wind sector. The opportunity to work for innogy on the hugely exciting Sofia project was too good to miss.” Sofia Offshore Wind Farm, formerly known as Dogger Bank Teesside B, is sited 165 km off the coast of the North East of England on a shallow area covering almost 600 square kilometres.  It has an agreed connection point at an existing National Grid substation located

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A national consortium of universities has been awarded £5million to bring together a network of academic, industrial and policy stakeholders to champion and maintain the UK’s world-leading expertise in offshore renewable energy (ORE). ORE Supergen is part of a programme of initiatives being funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and brings together the related research areas of wave, tidal and offshore wind. Its aim is to maintain the UK’s leading position in the field and to address any technical, environmental and interdisciplinary challenges which require a coordinated response at national and regional level. It will build a collaborative approach which will bring the added benefits of spreading best practice through the research community, supporting equality and diversity, and ensuring support of early career researchers. ORE Supergen will be led by Professor Deborah Greaves OBE, Head of the School of Engineering at the University of Plymouth, working alongside academics from The University of Aberdeen, University of Edinburgh, University of Exeter, University of Hull, University of Manchester, University of Oxford, University of Southampton, University of Strathclyde, and the University of Warwick. Professor Greaves said: “Offshore renewables is an exciting and rapidly expanding field, and we expect it to play a significant role in providing

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Hatboro, PA – Alencon Systems LLC will demonstrate its full line-up of SPOT DC-DC optimizers at SPI 2018 in Anaheim, CA September 25 – 27, 2018 in booth #3227. The SPOT family of products includes the SPOT 600, 1000 and 1500, all of which have been listed to UL1741 as well as CSA C22.2 and IEC 62109-1, for the Canadian and other overseas markets respectively. The SPOT 1500, released earlier this year, is the first, true 1500-volt PV string level DC-DC optimizer to receive UL listing. The Alencon SPOT family of DC-DC optimizers is a unique solution for combining Solar + Storage, repowering aged PV systems and building more cost effective Microgrids. “The SPOT helps solve some of the most pressing challenges in the commercial and utility scale sectors of the solar today, including the ability to cost effectively combine Solar and Storage, maintain the viability of aged PV plants and facilitate the deployment of more rugged and efficient Microgrids,” explains Alencon Systems’ President Hanan Fishman.

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1,626 MW or 497 turbines newly constructed in the first semester of 2018 - significant decline in onshore wind energy expansion   Potential of onshore wind energy to reach the 65 percent target is not being fully exploited due to a stagnation in permits Political stability determines industrial development and the role of the German wind industry  Europe is on course for a solid year, but expansion is driven only by a few markets Berlin, 26 July 2018 - Following the record expansion year 2017 for onshore wind energy in Germany, new installations are declining in 2018 as expected. The figures collected by Deutsche WindGuard show a gross increase of 1,626 MW or 497 onshore turbines in the first semester of 2018; the net increase amounted to 1,505 MW. This corresponds to a 29 per cent decline in gross expansion compared with the same period last year at 2,281 MW. The current expansion is mainly due to the transitional phase of the old EEG. The effects of the error in allowing non-approved projects in the tenders has become visible in the order backlogs and the short-term growth outlook. "Without a doubt, an ambitious and dynamic domestic market is the prerequisite for

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Comprehensive framework agreement will help China’s second largest wind rotor blade manufacturer save up to two months in product certification process Zhuzhou, Hunan, China (26th July 2018) – DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has signed a comprehensive framework agreement with leading Chinese wind turbine blade manufacturer Zhuzhou Times New Material Technology (TMT). The deal covers a range of certification and design assessment services to ensure the quality of TMT’s new rotor blade products, and also gives the manufacturer access to the latest innovations through DNV GL’s Joint Industry Projects (JIPs). The growth of affordable wind power requires the development of larger and more efficient turbine rotor blades. Blade manufacturers are continually working to deliver these innovative new rotors to reduce the Levelized Cost of Energy, while improving quality and reliability. The rolling agreement covers services including component certification, design assessment and lightning protection reviews, shop approval, laboratory approval as well as allowing TMT closer links to DNV GL-led industry research projects, which promote industry-wide cooperation on new solutions, standards and recommended practices. “This framework with TMT will speed up the contract review process and cut the total certification time by up to two months. We now

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The technology group Wärtsilä introduces a new hybrid solar PV and storage solution. Wärtsilä Hybrid Solar integrates solar PV generation and storage to deliver a true “renewables as baseload” solution that is not only climate-friendly, increases resilience and efficiencies but can be supported by a power producer’s existing grid infrastructure. “Hybrid Solar will allow utilities to transform the efficiency and reliability of their systems with an adaptable solar PV power plant that can support its baseload needs,” said Magnus Miemois, Director, Hybrids, Wärtsilä Energy Solutions. “As our global energy ecosystem evolves, Hybrid Solar represents a ground-breaking approach to electricity production and power generation.” The IEA estimates that by 2040, total global generation capacity will increase by 60 percent, and renewable energy sources, like solar, wind and hydro, will make up more than 45 percent of that total. As the world moves towards 100% renewable energy, utilities, independent power producers (IPPs) and other energy providers are motivated to harness its potential. A critical component in maximising the value of the hybrid solution is the software and controls platform that optimizes its performance. Greensmith Energy, a Wärtsilä company, develops and deploys the GEMS platform, now in its fifth-generation. GEMS enables intelligent energy applications that focus

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Rotating equipment support in South America strengthened Expert repair and maintenance support for large rotating equipment is essential to minimize downtime and promote reliability. In South America, this vital service is delivered by Sulzer, which has extensive facilities and experienced engineers in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Venezuela. The service center in Buenos Aires has specialist skills in maintaining GE Frame 6B gas turbines as well as years of experience in the repair of steam turbines, compressors and pumps. As the world’s leading independent maintenance provider, Sulzer continues to deliver a wide range of services to customers in South America. In Argentina, Sulzer offers comprehensive support for all rotating equipment in the power generation, petrochemical and oil and gas sectors. Specialist field service teams are available to provide expert technical support in conjunction with well-equipped service centers. With over 20 years’ experience in delivering field services and service center repairs for turbines, the experts in Buenos Aires provide a turnkey solution that includes vanes, liners, injectors, transition pieces and others. In addition, there is a specialist facility that can apply thermal barrier coatings and anti-corrosion coatings for prolonged durability. Further design expertise and specialist equipment, such as the at-speed balancing facility, is available

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Damen Shipyards Group and Skoon Energy have signed a cooperation agreement of understanding for the advancement of energy transition in the shipping industry. The agreement combines Damen’s 90 years of experience with the dynamism of a new start-up, founded in 2017, by Daan Geldermans and Peter Paul van Voorst, two students of the Delft University of Technology.  Damen is renowned for its innovative approach to shipbuilding, and is well known for the improved sustainability of its product portfolio that results from this. Recent examples include numerous hybrid, LNG and fully electric propelled vessels. Skoon focusses on the large-scale electrification of ships’ propulsion via management of a battery sharing network and strategically located charging hubs with a 100% clean energy supply. Skoon Energy’s swappable battery packs – known as Skoonboxes – are planned for trial aboard a diesel-electric inland vessel later this year. As a new company, Skoon will benefit from Damen’s extensive experience in complex, international shipbuilding projects, as well as its global commercial network.  Skoon Energy founder Peter Paul van Voorst says, “With this partnership Damen is demonstrating its commitment to enabling sustainable solutions within the maritime industry. We’re looking forward to working together with Damen to make fully electric shipping the

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CRONIMET Mining Power Solutions Namibia breaks ground on a 150 kWp photovoltaic plant in Chobe, Namibia. When completed in August 2018, the plant will, in combination with an efficient energy storage system, supply Chobe Water Villas with clean energy at a competitive price. The property, which is owned and operated by O&L Leisure, a subsidiary of the Olthaver & List Group, is currently off-grid and relies on gensets to meet the energy needs. The photovoltaic plant will be combined with an efficient and fully automated energy storage system that is controlled by CRONIMET’s technical department in Germany. It will allow the lodge in the Kasika Conservacy in the Namibian Zambezi region to cover their full daytime electricity demand and to further reduce the reliance on gensets at night. The plant that is now under construction adds to CRONIMET’s portfolio within the African hospitality sector. After having realized plants at Mokuti Etosha Lodge and Midgard Country Estate, CRONIMET developed another commercially feasible and environmentally friendly energy solution for a remote lodge. CRONIMET will be the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) provider for the project and provide Operation and Maintenance services to the plant. OLC Solar Energy, a joint venture of O&L Energy and CRONIMET

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