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Community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust are celebrating after winning the title of UK Environmental Social Enterprise of the Year at the UK Social Enterprise Awards last night (Wed, Nov 28). Wind farm developer Calum MacDonald picked up the award at the glittering event in the beautiful Guildhall in London and admitted he was “very surprised” but “delighted” to have won. It is Point and Sandwick Trust’s second award this month, their third this year, and their fourth so far. They were automatically shortlisted for the UK Environmental Social Enterprise Award after winning in that category at the Scottish Social Enterprise Awards, held in the Scottish Parliament on November 6. The award recognises the innovation and success of Point and Sandwick Trust in operating a commercial business for social good. And the economic power of social enterprise was made clear at the awards ceremony with the revelation that social enterprise companies in Britain pay more tax than Amazon, Google and Facebook combined. The Environmental Social Enterprise award was the first category to be announced and Calum admitted he was “very surprised” to hear Point and Sandwick Trust’s name called out. But he added: “I’m delighted. Really delighted. It’s a great testament that the

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Thanks to the ornithological monitoring plan at Crystal Rig wind farm in the Scottish Borders, Natural Power is pleased to confirm that four pairs of barn owls bred at the site this year. The ornithological monitoring plan, a document setting out the monitoring requirements as dictated by the planning conditions attached to the wind farm consent, specified the requirement for artificial nesting baskets for long-eared owls which were installed to mitigate against the loss of nesting habitat for this species as large areas of forestry (the breeding habitat for long-eared owl) were felled to allow for wind farm construction. Through the on-going monitoring work, no long-eared owls were found, however, barn owls (birds of open habitats) were known to utilise the wind farm area and breed in the nearby outbuildings. As a result, Natural Power installed three barn owl boxes in various locations around the wind farm to promote the growth of the local barn owl population. Pawel Plonczkier, Environmental Consultant at Natural Power, said: “The provision of artificial nest sites is a crucial part of any conservation initiative for barn owls, due to modern landscapes offering few nesting opportunities for this species. We subsequently monitored how many boxes were occupied and recorded

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SeaRoc Group has delivered SeaPlanner® software and Marine Coordination training to the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) – the first formal MC training given to a Taiwanese client. With 11 planned offshore wind farms and a governmental goal of installing 5.5 GW by 2025, Taiwan is making steps in preparation for the significant growth in the market, with companies utilising the skills and experience of suppliers from the European offshore wind industry. Chieh-Cheng James Yen is a Senior Researcher within the Green Energy and Environment Research Laboratories at ITRI, and completed training from SeaRoc Group, providers of leading Marine Management System, SeaPlanner and Specialist Marine Consultants (SMC), providers of marine co-ordination training. The training provided techniques and best practices for managing the safety of personnel and assets as well as monitoring of marine operations. “Taiwan is making significant strides in offshore wind construction, and we’re delighted to be able to support companies entering the market”, commented Steve Pears, SeaRoc Group Managing Director. “The developing Taiwanese market is taking proactive steps to ensuring they have the skilled workforce to support large-scale offshore operations and access to the tools to enable them to manage projects safely and efficiently from start to finish.” Capt.

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The 13th edition of the show, held in Hong Kong from 25 ‒ 28 October 2018, welcomed a record 14,824 visitors from 106 countries and regions. With 54% of visitors coming from outside of Hong Kong, the expo lived up to its billing as an international gathering point for the environmental protection industry. Jointly organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the fair is also co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The 2018 fair embraced the theme of “Waste Less Save More for a Low-carbon Future” to align with the global push to raise environmental awareness and strive for better waste management. Highlighted environmental sectors at the show included Waste Management and Recycling, Water Treatment and Quality Management, Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency and Green Transportation. In total, 338 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions participated. The Startup Zone also returned after a successful debut last year. 20 startups showcased their innovative new products and technologies offering a glimpse into the future direction of the green tech industry. In line with the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area scheme to link the cities in the region and strengthen

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Installation of 15 turbines in two wind farms Hamburg, 28 November 2018. The Nordex Group has obtained orders for the installation of two wind farms with a total of 15 N131/3600 turbines in France. Both orders also include a Premium Service Agreement covering 15 years. For its customer, Quaero, the manufacturer will be installing the Riaucourt Darmannes wind farm with five turbines in the Département Haute Marne in the east of France. Construction work is due to start in May 2019. The Nordex Group will be building the second project for its new customer, Valorem, in the Département Somme in the north of the country. Here the Ablaincourt-Pressoir wind farm is to be equipped with ten N131/3600 turbines as of summer 2019. The N131/3600 is specifically designed for medium to very low wind speeds, which are exactly the conditions prevailing at the sites. In spite of the large rotor the sound power levels of the turbines at rated output stand at max. 104.9 dB (A). 

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Apricum – The Cleantech Advisory acted as financial advisor to its client NOMADD Desert Solar Solutions, a leading solar photovoltaic (PV) cleaning technology company, facilitating a strategic investment by specialist Saudi Arabian construction company CEPCO. This Series B investment round will support NOMADD’s current project pipeline and further strengthen NOMADD’s growth ambitions, whose unique and patented PV cleaning robot system is ideally placed to serve the burgeoning growth of PV installations in dusty desert environments, such as the MENA region. After a comprehensive search for a suitable strategic investment partner, Apricum identified CEPCO, who is specialized in the design and execution of projects in the power transmission and distribution sectors. “With CEPCO’s manufacturing and engineering expertise, we will be able to optimize and commercialize our patented robot technology, reducing costs and providing a superior, cost-effective cleaning solution to our customers,” said Jos van der Hyden, co-founder and CEO of NOMADD. “Through our robotic cleaning solution and dust mitigation services, our customers are able to dramatically maximize their energy yields. This investment, therefore perfectly supports Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 by not only maximizing local content, but by increasing yields for PV projects, which supports the expansion of PV capacities in the Kingdom,” said

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EDF Energy, through a new partnership with Powervault, is offering existing solar PV owners the chance to earn more from their systems by purchasing one of the most advanced and cost effective home battery systems on the market at a heavily discounted price, when they sign up to EDF Energy grid services. Compatible with any solar PV system, Powervault 3 is a smart battery that stores energy generated by solar panels during the day to use at night; it also has the capacity to store cheap energy from the grid, helping customers to reduce their electricity bills. Powervault say that customers who’ve installed a Powervault 3 to store solar energy can expect to save up to 50%[i] on their energy bills. This saving is even higher for customers on time of use tariffs that draw electricity from the grid when it is cheaper to store for later use. The Powervault 3 battery will be offered as a standalone product, or can be combined with EDF Energy’s new grid services package. By adding grid services, customers will be allowing the energy stored in their Powervault 3 battery to form part of a network of small, domestic batteries across the country, which can be used

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− The Q.PEAK-G4.1 310 Wp solar modules manufactured by Hanwha Q CELLS have been certified in the highest quality category by Altroconsumo and Istituto Tecnologie Avanzate − The criteria for obtaining the recognition of Excellent Quality cover a range of performance, reliability and cost factors − Alberto Nadai, Hanwha Q CELLS’ Area Sales Manager of Italy, said: “This accolade from Altroconsumo and ITA serves to underline just why Hanwha Q CELLS’ modules are an attractive choice for solar developers looking for a cost-effective solution that will enhance their own reputations as reliable installers of PV systems.” [Berlin, Germany, November 27, 2018] Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HQCL) (“Hanwha Q CELLS” or the “Company”), one of the largest solar cell and module manufacturers in the world, can this week confirm that its Q.PEAK-G4.1 solar modules have been awarded the highest rating for quality by Italy’s Altroconsumo and the Istituto Tecnologie Avanzate (ITA). In tests conducted on 14 solar modules from leading suppliers, Altroconsumo and the ITA ranked Hanwha Q CELLS’ Q.PEAK-G4.1 310 Wp solar module in the “Excellent Quality” category thanks to the module’s superior performance, durability, reliability and competitive price-point. The Altroconsumo and ITA tests are marked by exclusive seals that serve to certify

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Australia has not been able to decommission its coal-fired power plants at the pace originally envisaged, which has turned out to be its biggest stumbling block in fast tracking renewable energy development, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. GlobalData's latest report, ‘Australia Power Market Outlook to 2030, Update 2018 – Market Trends, Regulations, and Competitive Landscape’, reveals that the coal-rich nation has been decommissioning its coal-fired power plants at a slower pace while still encouraging the development of renewable power plants, leading to surplus generation. Consequently, the country has been forced to slow down the pace of renewable energy development. Chiradeep Chatterjee, Power Industry Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Australia has vast unused renewable potential and aims to generate 23.5% of its energy – equivalent to 33 TWh – from renewable sources by 2020, in accordance with the extended Mandatory Renewable Energy Target.” As of 2017, coal dominated the Australian power mix, with a share of 37.7% of the total installed capacity, followed by gas with 28.7%. Australia has substantial coal reserves, which account for the dominance of this fuel in the power generation mix. The country’s coal reserves, which have higher thermal efficiency due to lower sulphur content, represent around

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Fronius wins two prizes at once  (Wels, 26/11/2018) Fronius International GmbH was recently honoured not only for the outstanding design of its products, but also for its pioneering services. The Fronius Ohmpilot, a clever consumption regulator that uses excess PV energy to heat water, and the Fronius SOLH2UB, the first green hydrogen filling station to be operated at an Austrian company, proved to be equally adept at winning the plaudits. “The Fronius Ohmpilot is not only a practical helper in the efficient use of solar energy – and thus an important building block for the vision of 24 hours of sun – but it is also a real design wonder,” explains Martin Hackl, the head of solar energy at Fronius International GmbH. The jury of the German Design Award 2019 agreed. Good design is not just about looking good – good design is the translation of complex technical functions into easy-to-use and easy-to-understand forms that are fit for the intended purpose. This is exactly what the Fronius design team led by product designer Martin Frittajon achieved with the Ohmpilot, which is why the top-class international jury of the German Design Award 2019 has recognised the outstanding product design of the Fronius Ohmpilot with

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