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Deutsche Windtechnik operates a unique Training Center with actual turbines from various manufacturers. In a time in which technology, systems, processes and learning methods are constantly changing, it is important to train your company staff using intelligent, agile methods. The much-discussed shortage of skilled workers also highlights the need for targeted management of competencies within a company. Ensuring the quality of our worldwide service is not the only purpose of the company’s new competence centre, which covers technology from a range of different manufacturers. By opening up its training courses to operators and operations managers, we are promoting technical transparency in the market as a whole, and this will lead to an increase in fair competition. It is no secret: well-trained specialists, unique skills and professional control of the quality of products and services are essential factors for a successful company. Training and further education for employees, special training courses and an overall willingness to encourage and foster personal development are part of any holistic corporate culture. Deutsche Windtechnik, which is Europe’s largest independent provider of maintenance for wind turbines and employs more than 1,000 people, has set new standards for the dissemination of specialist knowledge during recent months by establishing what

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More and more with the growth of wind farms in the North Sea, depots in convenient locations that offer fast and efficient services are imperative to ensure continuous power generation in the face of an emergency or breakdown. PES wanted to find out more about Cargostore, who as the world’s largest operator of DNV 2.7-1 certified Reefer Cargo Carrying Units (CCUs), are providing such a service. Utilizing DHSS quay side yard space at Eemshaven, Cargostore Worldwide Trading Ltd’s dedicated CCU depot provides round the clock service to wind farm projects. Holding a full range of DNV 2.7-1 certified equipment, wind farm project managers can now access reefers, hazardous goods containers, rigging lofts, storage units, workshops and toolboxes, 365 days of the year, 24/7. Having this quay side depot service means Cargostore can deliver CCUs immediately or for larger runs of stock, within less than 24 hours. This rapid response service has already been utilized by several major wind projects in the area. ‘Nearly everything I deliver in Eemshaven is on an ad-hoc, rapid response basis, saving our customers on time and transport costs. I’ll get a call for 10 and 20ft Reefers at 7pm some nights and have them delivered by 9am the

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Over the years, Jo van Montfort, from Bjond b.v.b.a. has convinced PES that the wind industry needs to look beyond standards and protocols to reduce the maintenance costs of turbines. It seems incredible that companies don’t seem to realise that they are not getting the best out of their coatings, despite what the tests say. Definition The best definition of a protective coating system is: ‘Transparent or coloured product that forms a film and protects the surface on which it is applied against influences from the environment.’ This means a barrier is created between the steel and environment in order to prevent corrosion. This barrier is applied as a liquid material that adheres to the steel substrate and forms an oxygen, chemicals (‘salts’) and water or moisture proof film. In most cases, this film is less than 1mm thick and more than 300μm. In many cases this thin film needs to protect the steel for more than 20 years, preferably maintenance free. Type of failures The main failure of a coating system when properly applied is losing its main barrier function. This means the coating cracks. When the cracks grow through the coating oxygen, water and chemicals (‘salts’) can reach the steel substrate, resulting in

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Mats Blixt, Executive Vice President Logistics Solutions South America, BBC Chartering and Gonzalo López Roldan, Commercial Executive, Montecon / Schandy Group, called in on PES to share their experience in working together in parts of South America. Their integrated solution has proved to be very successful. PES: Welcome back to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. For the benefit of our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of BBC Chartering and the importance of the wind industry to you? Mats Blixt: Thank you and likewise. It’s always a pleasure to talk about recent developments at BBC Chartering and the value we can bring to global wind power customers. As you know, BBC Chartering is the market’s largest project carrier and the leading international wind energy cargo transporter. Our fleet of multipurpose and heavy lift vessels is employed for wind power developments worldwide. We currently operate a fleet of more than 140 vessels, and with that offer a total fleet capacity of more than 1.6m tons DWAT. All our vessels are equipped with cranes, some of which can lift up to 800mt. PES: In our last interview you were experiencing a growth in the market, is this

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PES had a very informative interview with Bobbi McConnell, Marketing Communications Manager at AIMCO Global. The effects of the electricity production tax credit on the US wind industry, critical fastening and bolting tools were just a few of the things we talked about. PES: Welcome back to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. For the benefit of our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of AIMCO and the importance of the wind industry to you? Bobbi McConnell: Our headquarters are in Portland, Oregon and we have over 40 years’ experience in various industries and wind energy one of the most important and have a wide range of product portfolios. Our service, repair and calibration labs provide fast turnaround on repairs and also, all electronic torque equipment meets NIST standards. PES: Currently are you experiencing more growth in the market? BM: Based on industry reports, the forecast in the US marketplace expect growth upwards of 40% throughout the wind industry. Offshore is expected to be a tremendous growth market in the US despite the challenges the US is experiencing in developing offshore wind farms. Among those, the coastal waters of the United States don’t share the same

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Flexible Residential Storage Solution Offers Holistic Home Energy Management ROCKLIN, Calif., September 12, 2018—SMA America has announced today that its highly-anticipated, UL listedSunny Boy Storage-US inverter, SMA’s solution for residential energy storage and management, is now shipping.   “The Sunny Boy Storage-US offers intelligent residential energy storage and is equipped with outstanding features and functions to reduce future electricity bills,” said Nick Morbach, executive vice president for SMA’s Residential and Commercial business unit. “Combined with our other residential offerings, including the Power+ Solution, and equipped SMA Smart Connected, this solution will be a significant component for holistic home energy management with SMA.” Using an AC coupled architecture, the Sunny Boy Storage 3.8-US/5.0-US/6.0-US offers a simple, flexible platform for new and existing PV systems that is compatible with high-voltage battery manufacturers, such as BYD and other leading brands. Up to three high-voltage batteries can be connected to a single Sunny Boy Storage-US, which gives maximum flexibility by using different storage capacities, even from different battery brands, in parallel. The concept is future-proof, allowing installers to add more battery capacity at any time. The AC-coupled system simplifies installation, reduces labor, offers high flexibility for future system expansion and cuts balance-of-system costs versus a DC-coupled approach to store

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GES is installing more than 250 MW in the country during 2018 12th September 2018. GES is going to overtake the 2 GW in installation in France during the next few months. After more than a decade serving this market, GES has become a reference in installation in France. The good performance from the GES Installation Team increased the GES customer portfolio in the country, which ensures the activity in the near future. After the last awarded contracts, GES estimates 256 MW will be added to the France project references. Alberto de Alfonso, Installation Business Unit Director says: “During 2018 the Installation Team is working in more than 1.000 MW in seven different countries. The fourth of these megawatts are located in France, which makes an idea of the significance of the market in this activity”. GES is working in next year´s backlog and thrusting this year’s track record can be consolidated or even surpassed. Next year is going to be a quite busy one in the installation activity. There are many projects with a connection deadline in the short term in Spain and Mexico, which will make the installation demand grow exponentially. GES has enough resources to satisfy

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·         Schneider Electric opens its renewable energy and cleantech community to commercial and industrial companies globally ·         Businesses can join more than 100 current NEO Network members to access exclusive offers, market intelligence and assessment tools ·         New apps and analytics provide a data-driven, custom understanding of renewable energy opportunities LONDON, Sept. 12, 2018 – Schneider Electric today introduced Accelerator Access for its New Energy Opportunities (NEO) Network™. The NEO Network is an online community that connects companies with resources and tools to identify, evaluate and advance renewable energy transactions and technologies. Commercial and industrial (C&I) businesses can now join the NEO Network at no cost. Members receive exclusive offers from developers, such as below-market pricing, and preferred terms and conditions. They can also access industry experts, peers and tools to make smart energy decisions and quickly meet sustainability goals. With over 100 members, the NEO Network is a fast-growing, global collective of corporations, developers and solution providerscommitted to buying and developing renewable energy and cleantech. The C&I companies in the network are responsible for more than 1.7 gigawatts of offsite power purchase agreements (PPAs). Companies at any stage of the often-complicated buying process can gain access to up-to-date market intelligence, explore project opportunities, interact with

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Utilities ordering 80 turbines with a combined capacity of 252 MW Hamburg, 12 September 2018. The Nordex Group has again received big-ticket contracts from South Africa to install a total of 80 AW125/3150 turbines for the “Garob” and “Copperton” projects. The project “Garob” comprises 46 turbines which Enel Green Power has ordered. The second project (“Copperton”) comprises 34 turbines for the developer and independent power producer Elawan. Both projects include delivery and installation as well as multi-year service contracts. As well as this, Nordex will be producing the 100-meter concrete towers close by, thus lowering the costs and increasing local manufacturing content. “South Africa is an important market for us, which is why we are pleased to be executing these two orders. We have been awarded turbine supply for a total of around 400 MW in 2018,” says Patxi Landa, Chief Sales Officer of Nordex SE. Both wind farms are located in the province of Northern Cape close to the town of Copperton.

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