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Damen Shipyards Group has recently announced a new design. The Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 3410 service accommodation and transfer vessel (SATV) contains numerous design features that ensure its suitability for operations in the developing offshore wind market in North America.  The design of the new vessel builds on the success of proven Damen designs that have earned themselves an outstanding reputation in the European renewables market. The premise of the design is the Damen Twin Axe bow design. The Axe Bow, a patented design that allows the vessel to cut through waves instead of slamming, significantly improves seakeeping and onboard comfort. Damen’s FCS 2610 optimised this seakeeping behaviour by combining the Axe Bow with a catamaran hull form. The FCS 2610 was heralded as a game changer in the offshore renewables industry in Europe and went on to sell over 45 vessels. Damen has recently developed this theme further with the FCS 2710 – a new FCS vessel one metre longer than its predecessor and, significantly, with an additional metre in water clearance, enabling the vessel safely extended operational windows.  The FCS 3410 further develops this evolutionary theme, tailoring the concept to meet the requirements of the emerging US offshore renewables market, as

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Winterthur/Switzerland, 22nd of November 2018 – The leading simulation and design software for building-integrated energy systems has just been released in version 11.0 and comes with a completely new look. The new logo, the new website, the new color scheme of the templates, the newly-designed diagrams, the new product range and the new licensing scheme all reflect the fresh breeze blowing through the Swiss software maker Vela Solaris. The new, hexagonal logo frames the letter Y central to the brand name Polysun, thus underlining the modern set-up of Vela Solaris, the producing company, with a view to the future. Generation Y, a name given to the generation born between 1980 and the early 2000s, are the first digital natives. They usually are highly professional and have grown up with computers, the internet and mobile communication. Their affinity towards technology and software combined with a pronounced interest in the protection of the environment makes them the ideal Polysun users. As a consequence, they increasingly occupy key positions in a new, digitized world. The alveolar logo also features prominently on the newly designed web page www.velasolaris.com. Swiss mountain landscapes coupled with high-tech buildings make it clear that for Vela Solaris, having close affinities to

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NKT is awarded a contract of approx. EUR 300m (approx. DKK 2.23bn) by 50Hertz. The contract comprises supply of approx. 270 km of 220 kV high-voltage AC XLPE offshore export cable system, and approx. 8 km of 220 kV high-voltage AC XLPE onshore cable system for the Ostwind 2 offshore wind farm grid connection in Germany. The contract is won in a consortium with Boskalis Subsea Cables & Flexibles, who will install the offshore cable system. The cable system delivered by NKT for Ostwind 2 comprises three lots constituting the entire project. The NKT contract value of approx. EUR 300m in market prices, equivalent to approx. EUR 255m (approx. DKK 1.9bn) in standard metal prices, marks the company’s largest ever AC high-voltage export cable order. NKT Interim CEO Roland M. Andersen says: - I am excited that we book our largest ever AC high-voltage export cable order with the Ostwind 2 project. This award is a recognition from 50Hertz, our customer for years, of our technology and know-how of complex high-voltage offshore projects. For NKT this is the first order where our customer benefits from power cables being manufactured at both our high-voltage plants. This enables more efficient production planning and more flexible

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Ørsted is delighted to announce that decisions have now been reached on the second round of their annual £75,000 East Coast Skills Fund. This funding forms part of the company’s £465,000 East Coast Community Fund 20-year annual commitment, and is part of the community engagement programme for Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One and Race Bank offshore wind farms, which are located off the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk coast. £65,000 is shared between four organisations delivering projects relating to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education and training: The Teacher Scientist Network has been awarded £22,985 to provide 12 schools in the funding area free access to all the necessary components to run a four week, after-school, STEM club focused on the assembly of a working wind turbine. An award of £20,000 goes to STEM Learning to fund an ENTHUSE Partnership in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The Partnership will bring together 8 schools and colleges, from the eligible funding area, to develop a two year intensive improvement programme to raise achievement and aspiration in STEM subjects. Franklin College were awarded £12,015 to support students in their STEM academy undertake paid internships, enabling them to gain vital work experience. £10,000 is awarded to

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Sulzer’s BLUE BOX™ IoT Advanced Analytics has won the Gold Certificate Industry 4.0 at the Swiss Digital Economy Awards in the category Highest Digital Quality. BLUE BOX uses existing pump data to cut costs in pump operation and maintenance considerably. The Swiss Digital Economy Awards are presented by the industry association SwissICT, the Association of Swiss Internet Companies Simsa and the specialist publisher Netzmedien. The certificate honors outstanding achievements in information and communication technologies. At this year’s awards 19 finalists from a range of industrial and commercial businesses competed for the honors in four categories. Each finalist has been scrutinized by a panel of industry experts. The judging panel explained Sulzer’s nomination: “The innovative integration of IoT (Internet of Things) into an existing productive environment and, thus, the optimal use of IoT convinced the jury. An existing value chain has been equipped with IoT solutions and offers a high customer added value. The selected combination of technical, procedural and people quality is a shining example of a high maturity in the development process based on the chosen MVP (minimum viable product) approach up to the marketable product.” The BLUE BOX™ by Sulzer is a set of smart software services leveraging the Internet

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To continue to provide customers across the globe with greater access to ABB’s high-quality service and parts, ABB Turbocharging has announced the establishment of a branch office of ABB Jiangjin Turbo Systems Co., Ltd. in Zhoushan. Zhoushan, thanks to its superior geographical position and the booming development of China's marine industry and economy, is now taking over 35 percent of the total working load of ship repair for the country, making it the premier ship repair center in China. With the rapid growth in the demand for efficient and convenient services from customers, ABB foresaw the opportunity at this prime location and reached a strategic cooperation with Zhoushan Xinya Shipyard Co., Ltd., an important hub for ABB. This branch will offer customers the benefit of ABB’s original spare parts and services, and more convenient access to maintenance and repair for all ABB turbochargers, regardless of the model types and use. With the new location, the time previously required for repairs and maintenance will now be significantly reduced. “ABB Jiangjin Turbocharging System Co., Ltd. Zhoushan Branch is the first legal entity established by ABB in Zhoushan,” said Mr. Jiang Haibo, Head of Industrial Automation Division, ABB China. “It will be a valuable addition to

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Global subsea equipment solutions specialist, Ashtead Technology has further bolstered its rapidly-expanding inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services and capabilities with the acquisition of Canadian-based underwater inspection company, Welaptega. The transaction comes just 10 months after the company completed a joint venture with Forum Energy Technologies, creating the industry’s leading independent provider of subsea survey and ROV equipment services with a fleet of 19,000 assets worth in excess of £100 million. Today’s announcement marks Ashtead’s third deal since it was acquired by Buckthorn Partners and APICORP in 2016, and demonstrates its commitment to further expand its service offering both organically and through acquisition. Founded in 1990, Welaptega is a market leader in mooring system inspection and integrity engineering. Over the past 28 years it has developed a suite of pioneering technologies and services to mitigate failure, prevent damage, and manage the ongoing integrity of offshore operations through a risk-based approach to asset integrity. By bringing together two world-class portfolios, the deal significantly strengthens the group’s subsea inspection capabilities, creating a wider, more competitive offering, whilst reinforcing Ashtead’s position as a leader in the provision of advanced offshore equipment solutions. Allan Pirie, CEO of Ashtead Technology, said: “This is a significant step in the development of

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Acurail introduces new standards for safety at workplaces and in public spaces. They do this with the innovation of the traditional handrail. A new steel grip will reduce slip and fall accidents and improve safety across sectors and industries. The recently launched KAG safety system is an innovation and a further development of traditional handrails, railings and grab rails. There is a strong emphasis on safety and functionality of the unique design, which visually separates Acurail’s railings from the standard. Innovative methods and twisted design “The steel for the handrail has a beautiful and innovative rolled design that any size hand can get a stronger grip of”, says Torben Pedersen, owner of Acurail. In addition to the safety benefits, the unique design makes the steel stronger. This means that you can save on material thickness, without losing tensile strength. And to accommodate many sectors and industries, for example, healthcare, offshore and marine, it is available in all shapes, sizes and materials, such as steel, copper, stainless and aluminium. Acurail offers solutions for all workplaces, buildings, public transport, as well as offshore and marine, but the healthcare, hospital and nursing home sector can particularly benefit from the system. No more slip and fall accidents According to Torben Pedersen,

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The compatibility of the IMEON solar inverters and BYD lithium batteries, certified by both actors, allows Imeon Energy to meet even better the expectations of its customers. Users thus have a reliable and performing solution to aim for energy autonomy and to advance renewable energies. This compatibility also gives the company the opportunity to strengthen its positions in high potential markets such as Australia or Europe where BYD Ltd is particularly well established. This technological complementarity validates Imeon Energy's strategy of becoming a major player in the field of hybrid solar inverters for self-consumption with battery storage. "For Imeon Energy, working with a world leader manufacturer of rechargeable batteries is a great satisfaction. It is also the recognition of the performance and quality of our hybrid solar inverters and also an exciting commercial opportunity," says Christophe Goasguen C.E.O. of Imeon Energy who adds "Battery storage is a key element of self-consumption. This IMEON / BYD compatibility now allows IMEON installers to offer their customers high storage capacity at a low cost." Indeed, the B-Box pro battery module with a capacity of 2.5 kW is scalable up to 10 kW providing a large storage capacity and the technology used allows a significant charge and discharge

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Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV) has by far achieved the highest efficiency for the conversion of sunlight into electricity. The basis for this latest achievement lies in the special multi-junction solar cells as well as the perfect interplay between the cell and the module optics. In the EU-funded project CPVMatch, a consortium of research institutions and companies has demonstrated how to optimize both of these aspects and thus better exploit the potential of this technology. The achieved module efficiency of 41.4 % is the highest value ever measured for a photovoltaic module. High-concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) systems offer renewable electricity with the highest conversion efficiency and thus a correspondingly low use of resources especially in regions with high direct normal irradiance. In this technology multi-junction solar cells, based on III-V compound semiconductors, are used. In these solar cells, several thin subcells are stacked on top of each other in order to convert the solar irradiance more efficiently. Optical lenses concentrate the incoming sunlight onto the miniature sized solar cells. The modules are mounted on a two-axis tracking system that follows the sun’s path during the day. The industrial implementation of highest efficiencies for concentrator PV modules and thus the reduction of the gap between research

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