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Launch of new ‘ZX Lidars’ brand further reflects new chapter in Zephir Ltd.’s development 26 September 2018: Following a three-year development and test programme, ZX Lidars (formerly ZephIR Lidar) has revealed a new Turbine-Mounted wind Lidar – ‘ZX TM’. The device has already been deployed in volume on independent power producer Fred. Olsen Renewables’ UK wind farm portfolio to optimise the installed turbines and wind farms as a whole. ZX Lidars has also formed ZX Measurement Services to provide the industry with ‘Data as a Service’, primarily focused on delivering turnkey wind measurements with Lidar. The company sees wind veteran Ian Ravey, formerly of RES, join as Managing Director and comprises a team of highly experienced instrumentation technicians and engineers. The subsidiary company, based south-west of Glasgow and operating across the UK and Europe initially, has already secured key contracts and framework agreements with wind farm developers and operators through 2018 and 2019. “‘ZephIR Lidar’ has rebranded” announced Ian Locker, Managing Director of Zephir Ltd. “The company and products now fall under the ‘ZX Lidars’ brand. But more than this we have invested heavily in a new turbine-mounted wind Lidar, we have gained IEC Classification for our vertical profiling Lidars, and in response

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Global subsea equipment specialist, Ashtead Technology, has successfully completed a subsea installation monitoring project for Subsea 7 in support of Equinor’s Utgard development, located in blocks 15/8 (NCS) and 16/18a (UKCS) of the central North Sea. The contract, which was awarded by i-Tech Services on behalf of Subsea 7, saw Ashtead’s Deflection Monitoring System (DMS) used to capture critical data required to safely deploy a subsea template in water depths of 110m from Subsea 7’s vessel, the Seven Arctic. The DMS monitors structure deflection, heading, pitch, roll, depth and suction at differential pressures, in real-time. This minimises the risk of structural damage throughout the installation and allows informed decisions to be made during critical operations, ensuring safety requirements are met. The DMS was optimised to the water depths required for the scope of work at Ashtead’s UKAS accredited calibration laboratory in Aberdeen, UK. The calibration procedures improved the resolution and noise reduction of the sensors utilised. Once installed on the structure, the system ran autonomously, and was controlled remotely via radio frequency communications, an acoustic data link and a ROV electrical hot stab, removing the need for direct ROV or diver intervention. Ashtead utilised a range of measurement sensors and positioning tools to enhance

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Scottish Government backs new industry report The steps which need to be taken to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of wave and tidal energy sectors have been outlined in a report released today (25th September) by the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI). The Wave & Tidal Transformation report highlights the opportunities and challenges for technology developers and subsea supply chain companies looking to do business in these sectors. It outlines how and where companies can get involved with the developing sector and the requirements for industry driven research. To date, more than £450m has been spent across the UK wave and tidal supply chain and the global industry is forecast to be worth up to £76bn by 2050. NSRI has identified the need for a dedicated taskforce, supported by industry and government to drive forward technology development, knowledge sharing and stewardship for strategic direction and industry-wide promotion. Scottish Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse has backed the report and spoke out in favour of NSRI’s plans to help companies capitalise on the huge opportunities the sectors present, he commented: "I welcome this report which further highlights the enormous potential of our wave and tidal energy industries. “With our supportive policy environment, skilled supply chain and expertise

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Miami, Florida (September 25 2018): In a move to continue strengthening their logistical operations, World Fuel Services (WFS) has welcomed a new supply vessel to its offering. The 75m LOA, 3100 DWT product tanker, Whitstar, was deployed in early September 2018 to operate along the east and south coast with the task of servicing UK terminals Owned by Whitaker Tankers, Whitstar was built in 2004 and is fitted with versatile deep well pumps capable of delivering fuel in volumes of up to 450m3/hr. The vessel also hosts epoxy coated cargo tanks, closed loading and has tank level radars fitted and its hull is also strengthened to enable access to NAABSA berths. This latest addition to the WFS-operated tanker fleet is large enough to keep storage terminals topped up but small enough to deliver bunkers to vessels. In chartering this vessel, greater control of the supply chain has been achieved with enhanced flexibility and versatility that enables WFS to provide fuel solutions together with operational excellence. About World Fuel Services Corporation Headquartered in Miami, Florida, World Fuel Services is a global fuel logistics, transaction management and payment processing company, principally engaged in the distribution of fuel and related products and services in the aviation, marine and

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The Russian module manufacturer and PV project developer Hevel LLC, based in Moscow, specializes in solar modules manufacturing with heterojunction (HJT) cells. In order to expand production of its high-efficiency modules, Hevel ordered new stringer systems, including layup, from German specialist teamtechnik. This change to teamtechnik is the result of a successful series of tests carried out beforehand. These showed that teamtechnik's adhesive technology would reduce costs and improve the reliability of the modules. Hevel manufactures its modules in Novocheboksarsk in the southern Volga region and was formerly active in thin-film technology. The cell and module manufacturer achieved the changeover to the sensitive HJT cells, with thicknesses less than 150µ, in record time. Hevel's specialists from its own R&D center developed their HJT technology using existing knowledge from thin-film solar module production. Next, the company placed orders for two Stringer TT1600 ECA units with the German production system specialist teamtechnik in order to increase production from 160 MW to 250 MW. These systems use innovative adhesive technology to connect HJT cells reliably in series production at low process temperatures. Verified modules that were produced in preliminary tests on teamtechnik stringers and then tested in a climate-control chamber demonstrated higher efficiency

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 ZF Wind Power has developed the most powerful gearbox platform for wind turbines in terms of torque density to realize significant reduction of LCOE.  Use of standardized building blocks reduces maintenance costs, while offering potential for future upgrades of the installed base.  ‘SHIFT 6k’ takes the platform concept to the next performance level and combined with new digital solutions will increase wind turbine availability.‘SHIFT 6k’: the newborn in the ‘SHIFT’ family In a constantly evolving world our energy needs are growing and with it the importance of a reduced LCOE. ‘SHIFT 6k’, the new ZF Wind Power modular platform design, helps businesses to realize cost-effective turbines. Thanks to modularity, the initial development costs are significantly lower in comparison to a dedicated gearbox design. The concept allows customers to reduce the number of gearbox developments while offering maximum flexibility in turbine performance upgrades. In addition, the selection of the proper platform variant guarantees an optimization of the gearbox to site specific loads. The ‘SHIFT’ platform includes pre-designed and validated upgradability, which ensures rapid follow-up on changing market requirements. ‘SHIFT 6k’ is the most powerful wind gearbox platform in terms of torque density, powering new generation turbines from 4.5MW up to 7MW and rotor

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Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 25 September 2018 at 3 pm EEST GridSolv optimizes storage technology and software integration to deliver powerful upgrade in generation performance The technology group Wärtsilä has released a new solution, GridSolv, the company’s first standardized energy storage solution. GridSolv is an advanced energy storage solution that is designed to offer maximum flexibility and speed of deployment. This innovative and standardized architecture supports both standalone energy storage deployments as well as integrated hybrids with thermal or renewable generation assets. Coming in three sizes, the GridSolv solution is typically housed in an ISO 40-foot container and contains: batteries, power distribution, safety, fire suppression, and air conditioning systems. “Much like how a smartphone delivers more value than simply a processor, a camera, and a touch screen, our new GridSolv solution goes well beyond batteries, inverters and container,” said Akshay Ladwa, Vice President of Engineering at Greensmith Energy. “We designed GridSolv to complement our industry-leading GEMS software platform so that utility partners and customers can have the most robust optimization of their grid assets and protect their energy storage investment for years to come.” Greensmith’s GridSolv solution is already delivering results for Sinergy Kft, subsidiary of ALTEO Group, in Budapest, Hungary. ALTEO’s existing power

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• In total the company will deliver 70 of its wind turbines in the provinces of Zaragoza (31) and Valladolid (39) • All of the nacelles will be made at the factory in Ágreda, Soria, where production has increased by 20% in the past year • All of the contracts include operation and maintenance agreements Siemens Gamesa continues to cement its position as Spain's leading turbine original equipment maker. The company has recently sealed deals with WPD, Brial and a major energy company for the supply of 233 MW. All of these projects fall under the scope of the renewable capacity allocated in recent auctions. In total, the company will install 70 of its wind turbines at eight wind farms being developed in the Spanish provinces of Zaragoza and Valladolid during the first half of next year. It will also operate and maintain all of these new facilities. Most of the orders are for the SG 3.4-132, one of the company's most cutting-edge and efficient turbines. The company will also install the SG 2.1-114 and the SG 2.6-126 at some of these facilities. The majority of the blades for these turbines will be made at the Aoiz factory in Navarre, the As Samozas factory in Galicia

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Buss Offshore Solutions and IDEA Groupe establish Joint Venture Buss IDEA Offshore / bundling the experience and core competencies of both companies ensures comprehensive logistics support for French offshore wind market / service portfolio covers logistics services for nearshore and base harbor logistics for the installation phase as well as holistic services for the operation and maintenance phases Hamburg, 25 September 2018. The Hamburg based Buss Offshore Solutions and the St. Nazaire based IDEA Groupe establish the joint venture Buss IDEA Offshore to offer a wide range of logistics services for the French Offshore Market. Both parties have signed a MoU at the WindEnergy Hamburg Expo entailing the outlines and service portfolio of Buss IDEA Offshore. Buss IDEA Offshore will serve clients with its extensive experiences in offshore wind and logistics to ensure the success of the developing market in France. While IDEA Groupe provides a strong local network and the know-how for specific logistics projects in the energy field, Buss Offshore Solutions delivers the project management and engineering know-how and experience from its track record of more than 15 large-scale offshore wind projects in the North and Baltic Sea. The joint venture positions itself in the right time to provide its

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Avanti was in 2016 sold to global vertical access solution company, Alimak Group. While the brand of Avanti continues to operate separately, the combined Group benefits mean a broadened product portfolio, greater supply chain efficiencies and R&D opportunities creating an even stronger, unrivalled capability with more than 2,400 employees around the world. Alimak Group has been a pioneer and industry leader for 70 years and each part of the Group has a proud history as global leaders in their various markets. The Group’s products and services are supplied under four key brands which are renowned for their strong safety record and supply of high- quality vertical access solutions including construction hoists and platforms, industrial elevators, end- to-end facade access solutions, service lifts, climb assistance, platforms, complete tower internal solutions, ladder and fall protection systems for wind turbine towers. The Alimak Group brands; Avanti, CoxGomyl, Manntech and Alimak are launching a joint global organization under the name Alimak Service to provide world-leading product and customer support services to the owners and users of Alimak Group products and vertical access equipment across the globe. With service support centers in 60+ countries and 700 employees, Alimak Service will provide a full range of service, parts and

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