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The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and Heraeus are researching and optimizing novel, selectively coated cell connectors in a joint research project. The Selectively Coated Ribbon (SCRTM) cell connector achieves an average gain of 1.9 W in conventional 60-cell solar modules. The connector can be used in industrial PV module manufacturing without system modification and at no extra cost. Fraunhofer ISE has successfully tested modules with the SCR connector in its accredited TestLab PV Modules. Heraeus and Ulbrich developed a process for the production of the efficient cell connector and presented the new product to the professional audience in September 2018 at the EU PVSEC in Brussels. Crystalline silicon solar cells are usually interconnected by solder-coated copper connectors. These connectors are soldered to the front and backside metallization and conduct the electric current. While conventional cell connectors cannot harness incident light, the coated edges of the SCRTM connector reflect the light indirectly onto the cell surface, thereby providing increased performance. The effect works independently of the angle of incidence. Dr. Markus König, project manager of the publicly funded project for the development of SCRTM cell connector at Heraeus confirms: "Our project partner Fraunhofer ISE successfully supported the most important

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The innovations required to support the British subsea industry in the lower oil price environment will be explored at Subsea UK’s Life of Field conference in Bristol next month. Sponsored by Baker Hughes, Frazer Nash Consultancy and Viper Innovations the conference will take place on Tuesday, 6 November, at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Bristol.  The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT), has been confirmed as the technical partner for the conference. With a focus on the equipment supply, technologies and service models required to support the subsea sector in the current market, delegates will have the opportunity to hear from a range of industry experts from across the country. A variety of topics will be discussed including control system sustainability, innovative technology and lowering life of field OPEX. Speakers include Joel Ferreira of BHGE, Brian Allen of Rovco, Neil Douglas of Viper Innovations Ltd and Matt Readman of Secc Oil and Gas Limited. Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said: “Despite signs of oil price recovery, the industry today looks vastly different than it did five years ago and companies are still working to adapt to the changes. The focus is now shifting to full life of field support and innovation, in

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Spain, October 23, 2018. Ingeteam, an independent global supplier of electrical conversion equipment, announced today that it received DNV GL’s “Shop Approval in Renewable Energy” certification for the wind converter manufacturing facility recently established by the company in the Tamil Nadu region. Ingeteam’s new facility is the first-ever wind converter factory to receive such a certificate in India. DNV GL’s Shop Approval is awarded upon successful completion of a comprehensive audit, and will enable Ingeteam to simplify the scope of subsequent quality inspections, or even, in some cases, exempt the company and its clients from audits for a period of three years. DNV GL’s Shop Approval certification guarantees that a workshop operates within a high-standard manufacturing environment, and that adequate working procedures and methods are consistently deployed by qualified staff. It is independent from component, type or project certification and is always workshop specific. With this scheme, DNV GL offers next level certification and standardization, going beyond modules and elements to include all technical aspects laid down in standards and recommended practices. “We are proud to be the very first manufacturer to receive this important certification for a wind converter manufacturing facility in India. It is a rigorous and wide-ranging audit that

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DNV GL’s storage expert provided guidance to world’s first publicly listed battery storage fund for Gore Street Energy Storage Fund Plc Project included technical due diligence and risk assessement to ensure future revenue streams can be met London, UK – 23rd October 2018 – DNV GL today announced that it acted as technical advisor to Gore Street Energy Storage Fund Plc (“GSF”) ahead of the company’s 19MW battery storage acquisition from Origami Energy. Private equity investor, Gore Street Capital is the investment adviser to Gore Street Energy Storage Fund, the world’s first publicly listed battery storage fund. GSF’s latest acquisition of the 10MW Lower Road U.K. project in Essex and the 9MW Port of Tilbury brings its total portfolio to 27MW across four projects. DNV GL’s team of energy storage experts provided technical advice and due diligence during negotiations with Origami Energy and the battery supplier, which featured an independent engineering review of the technical details of the project and associated companies. The project focussed on the technical risks to ensure that future revenue streams can be met. DNV GL’s annual report, the Energy Transition Outlook, forecasts a very significant growth in battery capacity installed specifically to cope with variable renewables: around 50

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The French leader in floating offshore wind energy Ideol has just received a €2.5 million grant from the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 - SME Instrument programme. This funding is outstanding since this very selective programme only rewards 5% of the candidate projects. Last 20 September, the SME Instrument programme awarded Ideol a €2.5 million grant for the Leadfloat project. This project has three main objectives: the mass production of Ideol’s floating foundation with a view to prepare commercial-scale wind farms of 500+ MW; the valorization of the results obtained by operating the Floatgen wind turbine installed off the French coast (studies, equipment) to optimize operation and maintenance costs ; finally, the strengthening of commercial development in the most strategic markets, including the opening of a subsidiary in Japan. This project follows the very recent commissioning of the Floatgen wind turbine, the first operational unit of the technology patented by Ideol and France’s first offshore wind turbine and allows the 50 employees’ company to further accelerate its development at a time when the various global tenders for large-scale floating commercial farms are under preparation.

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Recently, Huisman, the worldwide provider of stepchanging technical solutions, signed a contract with Japan Marine United Shipyard (JMU) for the delivery of a 1,000mt SWL Pedestal Mounted Crane for offshore wind turbine installation in Japan. The 1,000mt PMC will be built and delivered at Huisman China, installation will take place at JMU’s shipyard in Japan. Japan is steadily increasing its number of wind turbine installation vessels: in 2016, Japanese Penta-Ocean Construction company awarded JMU a contract for the delivery of a Self Elevating Platform (SEP) including Huisman’s 800mt Pedestal Mounted Crane for offshore wind turbine installation. Now, the cooperation in Japan is bound to continue with a new contract for the delivery of a 1,000mt PMC, awarded by JMU. The end clients are Japanese construction companies Obayashi Corporation and TOA Corporation. The swift and cooperative finalisation of the commercial discussions reflect the mutual trust between Huisman and its Japanese partners. This has also been the first project that resulted in a firm order since Huisman’s cooperation with its Japanese agent Exeno Yamamizu Corporation. The continuing support of Exeno Yamamizu Corporation in catering the needs of Huisman’s clients in Japan has been key to its success in this market.

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Australian renewable energy company Renew Estate has been granted planning approval to build Bomen Solar Farm, a 120-megawatt (MW) project near the Bomen Business Park, approximately 7km northeast of the Wagga Wagga Central Business District.  The approved project includes a 40MWh battery storage system. When built, Bomen Solar Farm will provide enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of approximately 36,000 homes with clean, green energy.  The project will utilise tracking photovoltaic (PV) systems which will increase the energy generation at the start and end of each day when energy demand is high.  Construction of the project is expected to commence shortly, and the project is scheduled to be fully operational by Q4 2019. Director Simon Currie said: “All elements needed for development such as connection, procurement, offtake and financing are well advanced, and we will proceed with construction of this project shortly. We believe that the Bomen Solar Farm project will play an important role in the development and expansion of the Bomen Business Park”. He added “The recent announcement about the partnership between the Wagga Wagga City Council and Visy to build the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics Hub is very exciting and we are committed to the continuing expansion of

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Fraunhofer IWES has reached an important milestone in the development of a test rig for wind turbine slewing bearings measuring up to 6.5 m in diameter: the cylinders and mechanics for the application of real wind loads of up to 50 MNm have been installed and are now operational. As such, the researchers are well within the schedule, which envisages commissioning of the entire test rig by the end of the year. It will then be possible to validate a rolling bearing fully and in a reproducible manner in the laboratory without the need for field measurement campaigns. This is supposed to lead to noticeable savings in the time required up to market launch for new constructions for manufacturers and will also enhance the reliability of these products. The slewing bearings in wind turbines are subjected to significantly different loads than in other industrial applications: continuous load changes, varying speeds, and interfaces with complex rigidity profiles result in frequent damage or, indeed, malfunctioning. Researchers at Fraunhofer want to improve the design methods further and reduce the risk of failure in the interests of more cost-effective turbine operation. Tests into wear, fatigue, and functionality on the new test rig BEAT6.1 (Bearing Endurance and

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The Berlin-based company Valentin Software, which is well-known for its worldwide industry solutions, has adapted its market-leading design programs for photovoltaic systems, PV*SOL and PV*SOL premium, to the latest technical developments for 2019 and expanded them for the latest applications. Valentin Software already presented its new products to the public in June 2018 at the world's leading trade fair Intersolar Europe in Munich. With the new versions, system designers and operators can design their solar systems according to the latest findings, simulate accurate yield calculations under site-specific conditions and thus also perform accurate financial calculations, taking state support measures into account. This applies both to the adoption and input of geometric data to represent a 3D model as the basis for positioning the modules as well as the inclusion of complex parameters for detailed technical replication of the entire PV system. Replicating electrical consumers now includes the detailed input of electric vehicles, which can be divided into several groups. For each group the user can determine the vehicle type, number and expected kilometers. The timings at the charging station can be set individually for each group on 7 days of the week. When inputting the installation of the module array, 3D models can

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●  Genneia is one of the top renewable energy companies in the country ●  Isotrol will integrate 1.5 GW of power produced by Genneia into a new control centre supported by their local partner, Grupo SI SEVILLE (Spain), October 18th, 2018.- Isotrol, experts in monitoring and controlling systems for renewable power plants, and Genneia, one of the top Argentinian renewable energy companies, signed an agreement whereby the Spanish company will integrate all Genneia’s assets into their control centre. Isotrol will implement Bluence, their platform of solutions to managing large amounts of data in renewable power plants, into Genneia's power stations in order to enhance their productivity and profitability. To develop the project, Isotrol relies on their partners in Argentina, the IT professionals Grupo SI. Genneia is a leading company in sustainable energy supply solutions and principal investor in renewable energy projects in Argentina. Genneia owns and operates: ten thermal power generation plants (640 MW), Rawson and Trelew wind farms (101 MW/51 MW), plus ten wind farm projects currently in progress along with a biomass plant under construction. All these assets will produce 1.4 GW power when operating. The confidence of such a client not only proves Bluence's technological capability, but also shows how the international operations

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