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The offshore wind market in the U.S. is about to take off and there are enormous growth projections. For the installation of the first wave of U.S. wind parks starting in 2020, European built and operated installation jack-ups will be needed, because currently no U.S. built jack-ups have the capacity to install the turbines. Nor will this type of equipment be built in time in the U.S. PES takes a closer look at the options. There are plans to build installation jack-ups in the U.S., but it is likely that these will only kick-off after the first wind farms prove to be a success. Aside from this, the infrastructure of the U.S. ports is not suitable for these big vessels, there are bridges and hurricane breakers preventing the jack-up installation vessels to enter or leave the harbors. New hubs and ports will have to be developed before U.S. flagged installation jack-ups will become a practical tool for the installation of the parks. The problem with using European installation jack-ups, apart from the a fore mentioned infrastructural problems, is the Jones Act. The Jones Act requires vessels transporting merchandise from U.S. point to U.S. point to be U.S. manned, built, flagged and owned.

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Van Oord is a leading global contractor in dredging, offshore oil and gas and offshore wind, and is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The company has a long and varied history in marine engineering, an industry that has its origins in the Netherlands. Over the past 150 years Van Oord, a family-owned business, has grown into one of the largest marine engineering companies in the world. The origins of Dutch marine engineering lie in the Netherlands’ unique location on the North Sea and its centuries-long battle against the water. Van Oord’s work is rooted in that battle. The history of the company is intertwined with the country’s biggest marine engineering projects, including the Nieuwe Waterweg Canal, the Delta Works, and the Port of Rotterdam’s Maasvlakte II expansion. These were projects that fuelled economic growth and kept the Dutch population safe from flooding. Since the late nineteenth century, the company has also applied its expertise abroad. Van Oord extended the port of Surabaya, constructed the Palm Islands in Dubai, dredged the Suez Canal, and installed the Gemini offshore wind park. They have gained a great deal of knowledge and experience over the years, and the company has grown to become one

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BIPVBOOST is a new Innovation Action at European level, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme. The project has been launched in October 2018, with a kick-off meeting held by TECNALIA in its facilities in Bilbao (Spain), on October 4th-5th. The meeting gathered the 19 partners forming the consortium and served as starting point for the BIPVBOOST project. The overall ambition of the BIPVBOOST project focuses on bringing down costs of building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solutions and processes along the value chain, enabling the compliance with the main market requirements and contributing to a widespread implementation in nZEBs. The premise of the project is that BIPV market uptake has been hindered in the past years by the difficulties of the industry in providing holistic solutions complying with key demands from the market, such as aesthetics, flexibility of design and cost-effectiveness. In this sense, a joint industrial effort is crucial to conceive and develop highly-efficient and multifunctional energy producing construction materials that enable boosting market opportunities at a world-wide level for the European photovoltaic and construction industry value chains. BIPVBOOST will address these challenges by implementing short- and medium-term cost reduction roadmaps along the BIPV value chain: Flexible and automated BIPV manufacturing process Large portfolio of

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Esdec Innovation Center boosts sustainability and innovation On October 10, Esdec, producer of mounting systems for solar panels, opened the Esdec Innovation Center in Deventer. This center houses a new research & development lab and a training center for solar installers. With this center, Esdec contributes to innovation in the solar industry and, on a more general level, to increasing sustainability in the Netherlands. Last year, three million solar panels were installed in the Netherlands; this is sixty percent more than in 2016. This increase is expected to continue this year. Through the Innovation Center, Esdec and the sector facilitate further sustainability increases in the Netherlands. Training programs Correct placement and fastening is crucial for solar panel safety. Esdec considers it important for installers to be aware of the safety requirements and to have mastered the skills they need to correctly mount solar panels. In the Innovation Center, beginning installers can be trained, and experienced installers can gain additional knowledge about matters such as wind load, fire safety, and system grounding. Specially-developed training programs allow installers to practice with various mounting systems on different roof types, which have been set up in the training center.

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• Miguel Ángel López, current CFO, appointed new non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, replacing Rosa García, effective December 1st • David Mesonero will succeed López as CFO • New COO function to be introduced to strengthen focus on cost-out efforts • The CEO of the Onshore Business Unit, Ricardo Chocarro, will leave the company. Mark Albenze, CEO of the Service Business Unit, will take over in the interim in addition to his current responsibilities Entering into the next phase of its strategic plan towards global leadership Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is adjusting its leadership team and organizational structure to better respond to the dynamic market environment. “Eighteen months after the merger we are concluding the first phase of our strategic plan centred around merging and stabilizing the company. We have achieved a great deal in terms of winning new business and integrating our company. In the next phase, our efforts will focus on leveraging economies of scale and creating the foundation for sustainable profitability. The changes we announced today will strengthen the organization for the challenges ahead. I’m convinced that these steps are the right ones to ensure the future success of our company,” said Markus Tacke, CEO of Siemens Gamesa. The Board

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Producers of water quality monitoring products Rivertrace, have signed an agreement as a preferred supplier of Oil Content Monitors (OCM) for Alfa Laval PureBilge Separator. Alfa Laval's PureBilge is the market leading centrifugal type oily water separator which has high reputation from the market. Rivertrace’s Smart Bilge OCM utilises the “Smart Cell” Detector Array Technology, developed by Rivertrace, to analyse all three oil types (HFO, Diesel and Emulsions) simultaneously without the need for re-calibration. To ensure maximum efficiency and accuracy the Smart Bilge includes as standard, a manual cell cleaning device, allowing easy routine maintenance. Optical cell fouling is recognised as a leading cause of monitor malfunction or incorrect reading so by enabling a simple manual cleaning device, the “Smart Cell” can remain in optimum operating condition. Replacement calibrated measuring cells can be purchased for easy change over on board the vessel, as well as calibration check kits which enable the crew to demonstrate the monitor is within factory calibration to PSC Surveyors. Mike Coomber, Managing Director, Rivertrace said: “We are really proud that our Smart Bilge has been selected to ensure compliance by one of the leading separator manufactures in the world. We look forward to a long-term working relationship where we can

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 — GeoSea, DEME’s specialist in complex offshore marine engineering projects, has been awarded a contract for the transportation and installation of 94 foundations at Ørsted’s Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm in the Netherlands. Additionally, GeoSea secured the contract for the transport and installation of 94 turbines at the wind farm. Borssele 1 & 2 is located 23 km from the Dutch coast and will have a total capacity of 752 MW. GeoSea will be responsible for the full scope of the Borssele 1 & 2 foundation installation and scour supply and installation. In this project, GeoSea will transport and install the 94 wind turbine foundation structures including the supply, transport and installation of scour protection on each location. The foundation type for the 94 wind turbines will be a monopile foundation with pre-installed scour protection, an anode cage and a bolted transition piece. Water depths range from 14 to 36 metres. Under a separate contract, A2SEA The turbine installation experts within GeoSea will also provide installation vessel capacity to transport and install 94 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW turbines at the Borssele 1 & 2 wind farm. Jan Klaassen, business unit manager offshore renewables for GeoSea: “We are pleased

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Repositioning standard PV business solutions to Asia, mainly China Continued strategic focus on further developing Heterojunction, SWCT™ and next step cell/module technologies Increased robustness against market volatility by substantial reduction of net earnings breakeven point Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) today launched a transformation programme and structural changes to further increase customer proximity, optimise its global production footprint and existing fixed cost base and improve the company’s robustness against market volatilities. Hans Brändle, CEO of Meyer Burger said: “Meyer Burger successfully returned to profitability in the first half of 2018. However the same period also showed substantial market volatility in terms of customer demand for our photovoltaic products and solutions. We have initiated an ambitious transformation programme that will enable Meyer Burger to become leaner and more focussed. Our strategic priorities remain Heterojunction, SmartWire Connection Technology as well as next generation cell/module technologies.” Repositioning standard PV business solutions to Asia As the manufacturing industry for PV wafers, cells and modules is predominantly located in Asia, Meyer Burger will also move a significant part of its global sales and services functions for the standard PV business solutions from Europe to Asia, largely to China. The company is also evaluating further outsourcing

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Our renewable electricity energy needs are growing in a world that is constantly evolving. The market requires more renewable energy for less money. The reduction of government subsidies means that the industry needs to start looking for ways to increase its efficiency. More energy for less money There are different possibilities for lowering the levelized cost of energy, such as avoiding unexpected downtimes (reducing the operational costs), extending the lifetime of the infrastructure, and increasing the power output. By integrating digital technology into the intelligent gearboxes developed by ZF Wind Power, customers will be able to improve all three aspects. Avoiding unexpected gearbox downtime The cost of an unexpected gearbox failure can be significant, especially when cranes or vessels are needed at short notice. Additionally, when certain spare parts are not available at the right time, it can cause significant turbine downtime. Thanks to digital technology, every gearbox will leave ZF Wind Power’s factory with its own unique digital birth certificate. The certificate contains all the gearbox manufacturing information and can be accessed online by ZF’s and partnered service organizations. This way, ZF’s service team can calculate the consumed lifetime of each bearing and gear pair within a gearbox, combining the actual measured loads with knowledge about

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This briefing is intended as an update on three key policy and case law developments that have taken place over the summer. 1 New European Court ruling – ‘Sweetman II’ On 25 July 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the Court) delivered its ruling in the case of Edel Grace and Peter Sweetman v An Bord Pleanala, or ‘Sweetman II’ (also known by some in the industry as ‘People over Wind II’.) The judgment developed the position taken in People Over Wind and Peter Sweetman v Coillte Teoranta (‘Sweetman I’), delivered in April this year. The Court again focused on the interpretation of Article 6 of the Habitats Directive, which concerns the need for an appropriate assessment where a project is likely to have a significant effect on a site (onshore or offshore) designated as a special protection area or a special area of conservation (SPAs and SACs) The key question for the Court was at what point in the assessment under this Directive should mitigation measures be taken into account. Current practice relating to appropriate assessment is based on a four-stage approach. Briefly, these stages are: (i) Screening to establish whether a likely significant effect may exist on the integrity of a designated

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