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SAN FRANCISCO – August 1, 2018 - Sharp Electronics Corporation’s Energy Systems and Services Group (Sharp ESSG) announced today that its behind-the-meter SmartStorage® energy storage solution was selected to be installed at ILM Tool’s 25,000-square-foot machine shop to help offset its growing peak demand usage. ILM Tool handles quick turnaround prototype and production run orders for sheet metal manufacturing, plastic milling and machining, as well as thermoforming for a wide range of industries.  Synergy Power, a Bay Area solar PV installer, installed the 30 kW/40 kWh SmartStorage® system and integrated it with a 113.4 kW solar PV system. “We produce a number of prototypes for a variety of clients, so energy usage is always part of our bottom line,” said ILM Tool CEO Joe Ilmberger. “We were looking for the ideal solar and storage solution to meet our energy needs, especially during peak production times. The Sharp SmartStorage® solution coupled with solar was – as we say around the shop – a perfect fit.” ‘’A solar plus SmartStorage® energy storage system is particularly well-suited for ILM Tool, which uses a lot of heavy machinery that can spike demand usage. It is also located in the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) territory, a utility

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Difference between low generation costs and staggered prices for electricity from the grid ensures high potential savings in Portugal | Inverter from Zeversolar increases efficiency Albufeira/Cologne, 1 August 2018 - Considerable energy costs can be saved in commercial companies with self-generated solar power. This is shown by the PV system at the hotel Areias Village in Albufeira on the Algarve, which began operation in July this year. With 20 kW of photovoltaic power, the operators of the hotel can save almost one quarter of their electricity costs. The system was planned and installed by the specialist photovoltaic company Energia Mais, a partner company of the inverter manufacturer Zeversolar, which also supplied the inverter. Press photos are available here: https://www.zeversolar.com/company/news/details/news/detail/solar-energy-reduces-electricity-costs-in-algarve-hotel-by-20/ According to calculations made by Energia Mais, the PV system generates around 33,500 kWh of solar power a year. The hotel will use all the power itself and can thus cover around 6% of its annual electricity demand. Thanks to price staggering of the electricity costs, the saving will, however, be approximately 23%. “Around 80% of companies in Portugal are affected by high electricity costs during peak consumption times due to the electricity price staggering,” said Luís Brancana, a project engineer at Energia Mais. “The

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Hamburg, 1 August 2018 – The urgency to drive down turbine product lifecycle costs and in parallel combine wind with other smart energy solutions has become key wind industry topic. From 25 to 28 September the Global Wind Summit will highlight the future of wind energy production, its integration and storage as well as sector coupling projects. This is a huge overall challenge requiring sustained windindustry R&D efforts, from advanced concept studies to smart turbines, rotor blades, and control systems. Smart energy extends to digitalization of supply-chain processes, use of big data for asset upkeep, smarter O&M, mid-life upgrades and lifetime extension. Digitialization at practical level involves for instance the continuous monitoring of critical loads in main components like gearboxes for determining remaining lifetime. Smart Energy is one of the top items on the agenda of WindEnergy Hamburg, the world’s leading expo for wind energy, which has joined hands with WindEurope’s global conference to form the Global Wind Summit. 1,400 exhibitors from 40 countries will present their innovations in nine halls of the Hamburg Messe site. Sensor-based smart wind power The use of sensors in ‘smart’ modern wind turbines is increasing, but how can digitalization lead to optimization? Different sensors are used

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1 August, Brussels-Aarhus - MHI Vestas, one of the world's leading manufacturers of offshore wind turbines, has joined the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the trade body which represents the global wind industry. The company will join GWEC's board of directors and play an active role in GWEC's work to open up markets for offshore wind around the world. "We are delighted that MHI Vestas is coming on board. Offshore wind, from its origins in Europe is now in a position to become truly global, with exciting new markets opening up in Asia and North America, and potential to spread to other geographies as well," says incoming GWEC CEO Ben Backwell. Philippe Kavafyan, CEO of MHI Vestas, said: "More nations than ever before are recognising offshore wind as an affordable, reliable, large-scale source of clean energy. At the same time, GWEC has a strong track record of market-making and bridging the diverse interests of emerging markets and the industry. So I believe offshore wind will benefit immensely from GWEC focusing its energy in this space. We look forward to our involvement." About GWEC GWEC is a member-based organization that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organizations and institutions in

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Augsburg, July 31, 2018 – With a big summer party meteocontrol GmbH celebrated its 20th anniversary with customers, partners, companions as well as employees and their families. In two decades, the former engineering office for solar technology with initially three engineers has developed into an internationally operating company with over 150 employees at 10 locations worldwide. meteocontrol is a leading supplier of independent PV monitoring systems. Around 45,000 photovoltaic systems with a total output of over 13 gigawatts are currently being monitored by meteocontrol's VCOM monitoring portal. “IST EnergieCom GmbH" was spun off from “IST Energietechnik”, an engineering office for solar technology founded in 1976. It was entered in the commercial register on 13 July 1998. Four years later, the company was renamed meteocontrol GmbH. The development work at the time already focused on an Internet-based monitoring solution for PV systems. As a pioneer in the industry, meteocontrol launched the "safer'Sun" and "WEB'log" remote monitoring systems and received the Innovation Award of the Photovoltaic Solar Energy Symposium in 2002. From Local Hero to Global Player "To survive and grow in the difficult photovoltaic industry for 20 years is in itself a success story", Matthias Haag, CTO of the long-standing customer KACO new energy,

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Subsea UK has issued a call to action, urging supply chain companies to step forward with ideas and solutions that could support the decommissioning of the largest nuclear site in Europe. The industry body has teamed up with Sellafield Ltd to run a ‘Game Changers’ workshop, inviting businesses across the UK to submit their ideas and technologies which could help increase productivity and reduce the costs and risks associated with the decommissioning of the 700 acre site in west Cumbria. The decommissioning of the Sellafield site is anticipated to take over 100 years to complete and cost between £70bn and £120bn, with operations facing complex challenges, never encountered before and requiring investment in innovative technologies, concepts and methods. Through the Sellafield sponsored Game Changers Innovation Programme, businesses will be able to access technology development funding and commercialisation support, enabling them to develop solutions to these challenges. Due to the diverse operations performed at the Sellafield site, a wide range of activities will need to be carried out to safely remove the nuclear and chemotoxic inventory, presenting huge diversification opportunities for businesses operating outside of the nuclear sector. The event will welcome technical experts from the National Nuclear Laboratory and Sellafield Ltd who will provide an

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A new-build Service Operation Vessel (SOV) of WINDEA’s shareholder Bernhard Schulte will support the turbine maintenance of GE Renewable Energy for the next years. Having two SOVs built by Ulstein yard already in operation, Bernhard Schulte has now ordered another, larger, vessel in Norway. WINDEA’s shareholder Bernhard Schulte Offshore has signed a contract with GE Renewable Energy to provide a new-build Service Operation Vessel (SOV) to support the maintenance of the 66 Haliade 150-6MW turbines located 28 miles from Germany’s Borkum Island. The total capacity of 396MW will produce enough power for almost half a million homes. Bernhard Schulte’s showcased as a strong partner with a track-record in the operation of SOVs in several wind farms and included a proven vessel design build by a yard which is known for high quality and on-time delivery. The SX195 design type was modified to fulfil the GE Renewable Energy requirements and the ship owner’s special choices of mission equipment. It has a large, centrally positioned walk to work motion compensated gangway & elevator tower for personnel and cargo transfers.  There is also a 3D compensated crane capable of 2-ton cargo lifts. The optimised on-board logistics include large storage capacities of which half are under

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Study finds that “the Indian market is a double-edged sword” Berlin, Delhi, 31. July 2018 - The Indian market is one of the most profitable yet risky for project developers and investors in photovoltaics (PV). While large-scale projects of over 100 megawatts (MW) are now common, the investment risks caused by the climate, poor installation and lack of proper maintenance is on the rise. In a study conducted on behalf of the National Metrology Institute of Germany (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt – PTB), the PI Berlin has recently examined the most common risks facing Indian PV projects and how they can be avoided. Press photos and the study can be downloaded here: https://www.pi-berlin.com/en/study_india.html Six PV projects in India were investigated between 3rd and 14th July 2017 for the purposes of the study. The study was conducted with the support of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), the Indian National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) and the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). The German KfW Development Bank helped select which projects to analyse and assisted PI Berlin in gaining access to them. Challenging climatic conditions “In most regions of the world, PV projects are primarily affected by a few climatic stress factors, such as salt

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