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Solar, marine and biomass all enjoy strong support in rural areas Survey marks UK Government’s Green Great Britain Week - designed to highlight the opportunities clean growth offers the UK Almost seven in ten Scots living in rural areas support the use of onshore wind energy, a new poll has found. The independent survey is the first to focus specifically on what people living outside urban areas think of renewable energy developments. Results show 66% of rural Scots support the use of onshore wind energy, with 22% saying they have no opinion or don't know and only 11% opposed to new onshore wind farms. All renewable energy technologies enjoy high levels of support, with rural Scots backing solar power (83% support), wave and tidal energy (83% support), offshore wind energy (78% support) and biomass (69% support). The poll, carried out by Survation, also found that eight in ten Scots living in rural areas (80%) think the next Scottish Government should continue to develop renewable energy sources. In comparison, support for building new fossil fuel (coal, gas or oil) power stations or extending the life of existing ones stands at 42%. Just 31% of rural Scots back fracking. Jenny Hogan, Deputy Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables said: “This latest poll

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Vattenfall and North Sea Hagland Shipbrokers have signed a framework agreement for the provision of various Shipbroker services for Vattenfall´s offshore wind farms. The primary purpose of the framework agreement is to meet the high demands on vessels for Vattenfall´s offshore wind farm projects and to provide Vattenfall with services in offshore contractor sourcing. With a long-term framework agreement North Sea Hagland Shipbrokers will become main partner to provide shipbroker and contractor market services for Vattenfall’s offshore wind farms. Both companies agree that this is an important step in the right direction for a more efficient and cost reducing offshore wind market. Anders Helsinghoff Fjord, North Sea Hagland Shipbrokers:” This Framework Agreement will further help North Sea Hagland Shipbrokers enhance its position as a market leader in supplying professional shipbroker services to the offshore wind sector. Offshore wind energy has huge potential and I am pleased to be awarded this contract with a such an important and successful company as Vattenfall. We look forward to assist Vattenfall with their projects and in further increase their aim to successfully develop, construct and operate offshore wind farms. Vattenfall: “After a long tender process we are happy to award North Sea Hagland Shipbrokers with this framework

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Working together for an energy transition with solar films - Made in Germany Duisburg, Germany 17 October 2018 - Approximately 185 m² of Heliatek's organic photovoltaic films were installed on the façade of a warehouse of the Duisburger Hafen AG in August. It is a sub-project within the cooperation agreement "Drehkreuz Energiewende", which was established between the Duisburger Hafen AG and the energy company innogy in 2016. The trial installation has 192, three metre long HeliaSol® film panels, making it the largest facade installation to date with organic photovoltaics (OPV). HeliaSol® is an extremely lightweight, very thin and flexible solar film that is produced in an energy-efficient, roll-to-roll process in Germany. Equipped with a self-adhesive backing, the film can be applied directly to a variety of surfaces without further assembly efforts, and without affecting the structure underneath. With the project in Duisburg, the solar films were glued directly onto the metal facade of the warehouse. Ventilation or cooling is not necessary as the films do not lose power or efficiency at high temperatures, unlike crystalline solar technology. The solar films cover an area of approximately 185 m², and generate about as much energy as a 5-person household would consume annually. Due to the

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Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, has provided technical due diligence support to Statkraft for the acquisition of the Irish and UK wind development businesses of the Element Power Group. The transaction provides Statkraft with a large onshore wind development pipeline in Ireland and strengthens its position in the UK. It is already Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy and has an ambition to grow further within the hydropower, wind and solar sectors. Natural Power was selected for this project thanks to the team’s understanding of Statkraft’s requirements of the task. It was important for the company that the team was adaptable and able to make a thorough and professional assessment within tight timescales. The transaction comprises Element Power Ireland Ltd and three UK project companies, including the current organisation with around 50 employees that will be integrated into Statkraft. The portfolio of wind farms currently under development in Ireland (c. 1,300MW) and the UK (c. 250MW) fits well with Statkraft’s growth strategy and its plan to increase its portfolio of wind power assets to 6,000MW by 2025. Marc Lamphiere, Country Director for Natural Power in Ireland, said: “We were delighted to be working with Statkraft as part of this deal. It’s

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Impact report hails innovation engine’s pivotal role in Europe’s clean energy transition Copenhagen, Denmark, 17 October 2018. InnoEnergy, Europe’s sustainable energy engine supported by the EIT, has launched its inaugural impact report today at The Business Booster (TBB) in Copenhagen. The report reveals that InnoEnergy’s work supporting energy start-ups is having a direct impact on Europe’s clean energy transition, with its start-ups having created 1,741 jobs across Europe and brought energy access to 56,000 people in developing countries since 2011. Other key findings revealed in the report include that InnoEnergy´s assets will generate 1,147 GWh of power from clean energy sources, save 809.5m€ in energy costs and reduce carbon emissions by a total of 5.5m tons over 25 years, the equivalent to removing 47,000 cars from the road. Elena Bou, Innovation Director at InnoEnergy, said during an exclusive press conference at TBB: “It is amazing to see the impact we are achieving together and to cement our position as the trusted innovation partner – guiding businesses on their journeys. Our 200 start-ups have brought innovative technologies to life that are meeting the energy challenges of our changing society. Whether it is by reducing greenhouse emissions or creating jobs, these companies are creating

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– NHC supports transports for Petrofac to BorWin3-Gamma – Platform one of the largest offshore converter stations in the world Emden, Germany. In September, Northern HeliCopter GmbH (NHC), Emden, the experienced aviation company for the offshore industry, received an order from Petrofac Ltd. for transport flights/crew changes to the BorWin3 Gamma platform. The framework contract for the transports covers the entire installation and commissioning phase. "We are delighted to be able to contribute to the smooth construction of one of the world’s largest offshore converter stations with the reliable transport of technicians and service personnel," says Frank Zabell, Managing Director of Northern HeliCopter GmbH. Petrofac is one of the leading general contractors in the oil and gas industry and is responsible for the construction and offshore installation of the platform 130 kilometres off the German coast in a consortium with Siemens. The consortium's client is the German-Dutch electricity grid operator TenneT. The converter station with a capacity of 900 megawatts is scheduled to go into operation on the gamma platform in 2019. When completed, the high-voltage DC transmission station will have six floors and a weight of 20,000 tons. It will be responsible for the conversion of electricity from two wind farms and can supply

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New location in Australia: meteocontrol continues its strategic growth Augsburg and Melbourne, 17. October 2018 – meteocontrol GmbH has opened another branch office: With meteocontrol Australia Pty Ltd. in Melbourne, the leading provider of independent monitoring systems is driving its international growth. An important component of the globalisation strategy is meteocontrol's local presence in growing PV markets in order to provide customers and partners with more intensive advice and better support during installation and commissioning of monitoring systems. The use of solar energy is rapidly growing in Australia. In 2017, the Australian solar industry had a record year with a leap in growth of around 50 percent. By 2022, installed PV capacity is expected to more than double from its current level of around 7 Gigawatts. “The commercial and utility segments in Australia are booming like never before and we have already implemented our first PV projects,” reports Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. “With the new subsidiary in Melbourne, we are expanding our presence Down Under, because proximity to our customers has absolute priority. This is the only way we can provide them our expert advice and immediate technical support.” Leading the new location is David Barshevski as Managing Director of meteocontrol

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Vaisala adds industry-leading LiDAR systems to its product portfolio, providing advanced tools for wind measurement in any market and any environment.  Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, has announced the acquisition of Leosphere SAS, a world leader in ground-based and nacelle-mounted LiDAR equipment for the wind energy industry. As project developers and operators worldwide turn to remote sensing to capture wind data at today’s increasing hub-heights, the acquisition will see Leosphere’s Windcube and Wind Iris LiDARs join Vaisala’s Triton Wind Profiler as part of the market’s most comprehensive range of measurement equipment. “The advantages and opportunities remote sensing units bring throughout the lifecycle of a modern wind farm are now well-understood. It is common practice for wind energy firms to deploy LiDAR and SoDAR to inform crucial decisions relating to site prospecting, resource assessment, and turbine performance testing,” said Jarkko Sairanen, Executive Vice President, Weather and Environment, Vaisala. “Adoption of these more versatile measurement technologies to augment conventional met towers is a key factor in enabling the wind industry to increase the scale of project development, not only through larger, more advanced turbines, but also in new, remote markets worldwide.” A Complementary Product Portfolio Vaisala’s customers can now benefit from a

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17.10.2018 08:45:00 CEST, Reutlingen German high-tech equipment manufacturer Manz AG served as technology partner to French industrial group Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in developing a new laser process for surface treatment of heat-insulating glass for several years – alongside laser specialist TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG. In implementing ACTILAZ™, Manz draws on its many years of expertise in its thin-film solar business segment. ACTILAZ™ uses "laser annealing" to increase the efficiency of metallic coatings on very large glass substrates such as those required for architectural applications. From the very beginning, the development goal of Saint-Gobain's extended development partnership with TRUMPF and Manz was to improve the thermal insulation properties of the glass while at the same time maximizing light transmission. The world's first ACTILAZ™ equipment has been in operation at the Saint-Gobain site in Cologne since 2016. The French glass manufacturer uses it to produce its new ECLAZ high-performance thermal insulation glass for windows, verandas and fully glazed high-rise facades. As a high-tech equipment manufacturer with many years of expertise in the production of thin-film solar modules, Manz was responsible for three technological sub-projects during the development of ACTILAZ™: the conveyor section for the glass substrate, which is up to 3.30 meters wide and

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On September 30, 2018, one day before the China National Holiday, LM Wind Power signed a three-year agreement to supply wind turbine blades for Goldwind's onshore 3-4 MW platform. The 1.1 GW agreement follows a 140 MW pre-agreement signed last year. This is the largest deal between Goldwind and LM Wind Power since 2010. This agreement covers three blade types - the LM 66.9 P, LM 66.9 P2 and LM 69.0 P - targeted for both international and the domestic China markets. Between 2018 and 2021, the blades will be manufactured at LM Wind Power's plant in Qin Huang Dao, in the northeastern part of China. Xu Lei, Goldwind Product Delivery Center General Manger, said: "This agreement is a milestone between Goldwind and LM Wind Power, setting up a successful model of strong, strategic cooperation between our two companies. Goldwind is committed to delivering turbines that meet the highest quality and reliability standards. With LM Wind Power's new 3-4 MW 66.9- and 69.0-meter blades, we know we get the quality, technology and reliable manufacturing expertise required by both the Chinese and international markets." Dorte Kamper, LM Wind Power Vice President of Sales & Marketing, said: "We are thrilled by our extended partnership with Goldwind.

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