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Knowing the exact degradation rate of a panel or where exactly a connector is broken is simply out of reach for existing monitoring solutions. SunSniffer® adopted a technology from NASA and refined it together with the German Aerospace Center (DLR). It could be not less than a game changer. How do you detect faulty connectors in a PV plant? You visit the plant and check each panel? Not with the new technology of SunSniffer®: its new “Digital Twin” offers this information at the push of a button, together with all other errors and power reducing issues, panel-precise – and from 1 cent per Wp. Studies revealed that 8% of all panels are broken, and 34% already have some sort of failure*. Finding those panels and clarifying the warranty issues – especially if it is linear warranty – represent time and cost intense challenges. Similar problems were faced by US space agency NASA back in the early days of space exploration: how to operate, maintain or repair a faraway device or component? They found the answer: pairing it! At the beginning the twins of course were analog, but today the Digital Twin is a fixed component in NASA developments. Considering PV, SunSniffer® managed

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) signed 10 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with a range of suppliers today in Taipei, Taiwan. The MoUs come as a complement to previous agreements signed with Yeong Guan Energy Technology Group (YGG) and Swancor Holding Co. (Swancor). They further demonstrate the commitment of SGRE to the development of the offshore wind supply chain in Taiwan, fully in line with helping reach the government’s goal of 5.5 GW installed offshore by 2025. The MoUs cover solutions for offshore wind turbine components including on machining, control systems, coolers, and more. Timelines have not been set for finalization of the cooperation agreements. “We are encouraged by the localization plans for Taiwan of our major suppliers, and the growth plans of local suppliers. The growing offshore wind market in the region requires sound, skilled partnerships to meet the ambitious governmental goals. As the industry leader in offshore wind, we look forward to bringing global supplier concepts to the local market, and bringing local supplier concepts to the global market with partners of all sizes,” states Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Offshore Business Unit at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. Taiwan IDB Deputy Director General Yang Chih-Ching, present at the SGRE Offshore Wind

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Photon Energy NV (WSE: PEN) closed the second quarter of 2018 with a record increase in Group revenues and further improved EBITDA and EBIT. In Australia, the Company’s Leeton project reached the ready-to-build stage, and Photon Energy Operations expanded its operations and maintenance services portfolio to 222 MWp worldwide. For 2018Q2 the Company’s revenues reached EUR 6.753 million (prior-year period: EUR 5.245 million (+28.8% YOY), EBITDA grew to EUR 3.386 million (+8.5% YOY), and EBIT increased to EUR 1.470 million (+20.2% YOY). In 2018H1, Photon Energy was able to achieve record revenues of EUR 10.467 million (+30.3% YOY), an EBITDA of EUR 4.411 million (+5.2% YOY), and EBIT of EUR 1.651 million (11.0% YOY). Further, a positive profit before tax of EUR 2.209 million (prior-year period: EUR 0.456 million) was achieved. "We take great pride in reporting on the good progress we made in the second quarter of 2018. It was the best quarter in Photon Energy NV’s history in terms of revenue, rounding off a solid first half of 2018," said Georg Hotar, CEO of Photon Energy NV. "Our financial performance in the second quarter of 2018 demonstrates the progress we have made in all areas of our business across geographies, which validates the soundness of our

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Everywhere we look – geographically, politically, technologically and financially – wind energy is breaking new ground. Wind energy continues to expand all over the world. It’s at the heart of government thinking on the energy transition. The technology continues to evolve and the costs continue to fall. And crucially it’s now moving beyond the power sector, and we’re beginning to think how wind can help decarbonise heating, transport and industrial processes. That’s why the upcoming Global Wind Summit will take place under the slogan ‘Breaking new ground.’ The world’s largest wind energy gathering, the Global Wind Summit, comprises two parallel events: WindEnergy Hamburg’s global on- and offshore Expo and the WindEurope 2018 global on- and offshore Conference. The Expo will feature 1,400 exhibitors, with over 35,000 visitors from over 100 countries attending. The WindEurope 2018 Conference will showcase over 500 speakers and presenters and will be a unique opportunity to exchange with captains of industry, leading policymakers and wind energy experts and to get the full low-down on every aspect of wind and how it’s transforming the global energy mix. The WindEurope 2018 Conference will explore how wind energy is set to continue breaking new ground from four different angles: Day One will

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Sulzer’s Houston Service Center has passed a major milestone in its exemplary safety record, operating for over three years without a lost time injury. For the facility in La Porte, Texas, this equates to over six million manhours in an industry that has some challenging working environments. We all manage personal safety as part of our everyday lives, however, working in global power generation, oil & gas and other large-scale engineering projects brings a whole new set of challenges. Sulzer’s specialist engineers for example regularly travel to customers’ sites throughout North and South America where there is a constant need to assess new surroundings and potential hazards as part of everyday work. Larry Tondre, Superintendent Field Services at Houston Service Center, comments: “We owe our successes to the men and women of this service center and the management teams that have embraced a safety-orientated culture as the path to our continued achievements. We want to thank all of those people that have stood up and recognized safety concerns and made the corrective actions necessary to help keep everyone safe throughout this period.” Sulzer encourages all its staff to actively participate in the safety culture of the company and work continuously to improve it.

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Sparrows Group has created a director-level role to drive its growing diversification efforts forward. In the newly appointed position, John Grover will be responsible for expanding the business globally. Based at Sparrows’ headquarters in Aberdeen, Mr Grover will spearhead the delivery of the company’s long-term growth plan worldwide as it looks to build on its successful performance history in the oil and gas, renewables and onshore industrial sectors. Mr Grover, who brings more than 25 years of business development experience to the company, joins Sparrows from Cape Plc where he held the role of managing director at Cape Specialist Services from 2016. Prior to this, he worked in several director level positions at Baker Hughes PPS, GE and BJ Services, both in the United Arab Emirates and throughout Asia Pacific. Stewart Mitchell, chief executive officer at Sparrows, commented: “We have seen fantastic growth in the renewables and onshore industrial markets in the last 18 months and recognised the need to have a role dedicated to our strategic expansion plans into these sectors while continuing to support and develop our portfolio of oil and gas clients. “John has a wealth of leadership experience and a proven track record in developing teams as well as identifying

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Kipp & Zonen, the market leader in solar radiation measurement solutions, launches a new web application to provide people in Photovoltaics (PV) with a customized recommendation on solar irradiance measurement. The Configurator enables stakeholders of PV projects to check online which and how many products they need to accurately monitor solar irradiance. As a response to the many questions Kipp & Zonen receives on the specifics and quantity of pyranometers for solar energy applications, Kipp & Zonen developed an online tool to give recommendations without the need to pick up the phone and talk to an expert. It was the most commonly asked question ‘How many pyranometers do I need’ that inspired the development of the Configurator. There is a IEC standard (IEC 61724-1-- Photovoltaic system performance) as a guideline for the required equipment for solar energy plants. However, Kipp & Zonen sees some differences in practice when it comes to the number of pyranometers and positions. Based on best practices and insights of the solar experts, the Configurator calculates the set of instruments and accessories that fits the PV project best. The calculation uses the answers to a series of questions on the phase of the PV project, the size and

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Ecoppia, the world-leader in robotic, water-free photovoltaic solar panel cleaning solutions, announced today an agreement for deploying its E4 robotic system in a 325MW site in REWA solar park in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. The site is developed by Sprng Energy, a renewable energy platform backed by emerging markets-focused private equity Actis Capital and is expected final COD by Q1 2019. Sprng Energy had won the project at a record low-tariff of INR 2.97, which was the lowest tariff at the time of bidding. In line with its declared vision to build a best-in-class clean energy platform which delivers superior stakeholder value in a sustainable and ethical manner, Ecoppia was chosen to equip the site with its cloud based, connected and environmental friendly E4 solution. With the deployment of the Ecoppia robotic system, Sprng Energy is expected to save over 1 billion of liters of water and reduce its operating expenses drastically. Ecoppia is already operational or in the process of deployment over >1.5 GW and had already secured 3 GW of projects globally. "We are excited to collaborate with Ecoppia and integrate top technologies, which can stand the test of time and last for 25 years in harsh conditions, in our

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On July 30, the last suction bucket jacket foundation landed on the seabed at the Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm in Germany. With this milestone, GeoSea completes the installation of 20 suction bucket jackets. Borkum Riffgrund 2, owned by Ørsted and Global Infrastructure Partners, will feature 56 Vestas turbines of 8 MW and have a total capacity of 450 MW – enough to supply electricity to approximately 460,000 households. GeoSea’s scope involved the transport and installation of 20 suction bucket jackets, each weighing 950 tonnes and having a height of 58 m. This is the first time Ørsted has utilised this type of foundation at one of its wind farms on such a large scale. In 2014, GeoSea installed the first ever suction bucket jacket at Ørsted's wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 1. The suction bucket structure becomes firmly embedded in the seafloor by vacuum pressure, eliminating the need for hammering and significantly reducing noise during installation. “The completion of this project further establishes our strong track record in providing innovative solutions for our offshore wind farm customers,” says Glenn Carton, GeoSea Project Manager Borkum Riffgrund 2. “GeoSea is now one of the few companies with vast expertise and experience in suction bucket jacket installation.

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Saarbrücken, August 1, 2018: Greencells, one of the largest independent European solution providers for solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants, has concluded a strategic investment with OMAS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Zahid Group, a diversified Saudi Arabian conglomerate. As part of the investment, OMAS has acquired a 50% share in Greencells. Greencells develops, builds, operates and finances utility-scale solar projects. With a track record of more than 1.3 GW of capacity over more than 100 individual projects in 25 countries, Greencells is trusted by many key players in the solar industry. From its roots in central Europe, the company has built a substantial presence expanding into the U.S., Asia Pacific and the Middle East. This includes the supply of the mounting system and construction services for the world’s largest solar power plant, the 1.2 GW Sweihan project in Abu Dhabi, which is currently under construction. Greencells’ founders Andreas Hoffmann and Marius Kisauer have so far developed and grown the company to its current position without any third-party investment. The investment from Zahid Group substantially strengthens Greencells’ balance sheet and enables Greencells to embark on new strategic opportunities. “This transaction is an inflection point for Greencells. In Zahid Group and OMAS, we have found a

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