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− Hee Cheul (Charles) Kim, the newly appointed CEO of Hanwha Q CELLS as of October 1 2018, welcomed Reiner Haseloff at the Company’s R&D and technology center in Saxony-Anhalt on November 8 − The two figureheads discussed a broad range of topics, including investment in Saxony-Anhalt, employment, and technological advances in renewable energy − Mr. Kim remarked: “It is a great honor to receive Reiner Haseloff at Hanwha Q CELLS’ R&D and technology center in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. The Prime Minister of Saxony-Anhalt has long been a supporter of the Company’s work and goals, which include continuing to deliver employment opportunity and investment to the local region.” [Thalheim, Germany, November 9, 2018] The CEO of 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, this week received Reiner Haseloff, Prime Minister of the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, as a VIP guest at the Company’s R&D and technology center in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Hee Cheul (Charles) Kim, who became Hanwha Q CELLS’ new CEO on October 1, warmly welcomed Reiner Haseloff on November 8 to Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH’s offices to discuss a broad range of topics related

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Ørsted, the leading offshore wind developer, has signed a contract with Dorset-based Manor Renewable Energy (MRE) Ltd to provide the full temporary power package of generators, personnel and vessels in case of need during the turbine installation and commissioning for Hornsea Project One. Commencing in January 2019, MRE would utilise their own multi-purpose vessel, the ‘Manor Venture’, to lead their project scope; with an onboard capacity of 40 tonnes and accommodation for 12 personnel. The vessel has been manufactured in Portland, UK and the generators provided by UK company, JCB. MRE Director Toby Mead commented: “We’re delighted to once again be working with the global leader in offshore wind, on what will become the world’s largest offshore wind farm. What’s more – we know that Ørsted place significant importance to ensuring UK content for their UK offshore wind farms, so we’re especially pleased to continue to hire from the local area and be able to offer a UK vessel, with UK generators.” Hornsea Project One will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world when operational in 2020. Based 120km off the Yorkshire Coast, this record-breaking wind farm will be capable of supplying renewable electricity to well over one million homes. ABOUT Ørsted The Ørsted

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Eslava, Spain, 8 November 2018 Smartive, the smart technology platform provider to the clean energy industry and backed by InnoEnergy, has secured a major contract with Acciona, a global leader in renewable energy projects, to monitor 1,000 of its wind turbines. The initial engagement will run for a year, with the option to extend. Over the period Smartive will examine 15% of Acciona’s global wind fleet to predict technical problems before they arise and tackle current maintenance issues. Its technology will provide Acciona with accurate data that will reveal where problems exist or could occur – improving the operation of turbines and reducing maintenance costs. Jordi Cusido, Chief Executive Officer of Smartive, says: “Our precise technology will transform the way Acciona monitors and manages its turbine fleet. In fact, we can predict failures one year before they occur with an accuracy rate of over 95% – leading to over 300K€ in savings a year per 100 turbines. So, Acciona will not only be able to gain operational control, it will reap tangible financial benefits too. “And partnering with a global leader like Acciona opens up a world of possibilities for us as it allows us to demonstrate our technology to a worldwide audience.” Smartive’s technology

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iSURVEY, a leading provider of survey and positioning services to the global oil and gas, offshore renewables and telecommunications markets, has successfully completed a 30-day geophysical seabed survey for Allseas, a major offshore pipelay and subsea construction company. As part of the forthcoming Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, the contract marked a first for the iSURVEY Group. Taking on a vessel charter, the team had full contract responsibility for the vessel, marine, survey, processing and reporting elements of the entire scope. The project involved the team identifying any obstructions or hazardous seabed features prior to forthcoming pipelay anchoring and mooring operations. This 40km section of route survey took place in the German Baltic and was carried out from the SeaZip FIX, on charter to iSURVEY. This proved an ideal platform for the survey and ROV operations, with a moonpool deployment frame providing a retractable mounting location for vessel-based attitude monitoring, positioning and geophysical sensors. Combined Multi-beam Echo Sounder (MBES) and Side Scan Sonar (SSS) systems were utilised throughout the survey, along with a towed magnetometer / gradiometer system. iSURVEY Offshore Managing Director, Andrew McMurtrie, commented: “We are pleased to play our part in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, a significant construction scope. Having

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Strategic collaboration in the field of rotor blade research Two of the world’s leading institutions when it comes to wind energy, Danish DTU Wind Energy and German Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES have joined forces and national funded projects in the new €17.6 million RELIABLADE project creating a strategic collaboration to strengthen research collaboration and offer new innovative services to European industrial partners. Developing rotor blades For the project, researchers will develop a blade design for a 40 meter blade. This will serve as a blueprint for manufacturing two blades at Fraunhofer IWES and challenge them in experimental tests at the DTU in order to intentionally damage them under controlled conditions. `We want to improve the understanding of the structural behavior of rotor blades. Therefore, we have developed a project in which we have control over the blade design, the manufacturing and the test and can investigate the damage process over the entire blade life with advanced numerical and experimental methods. This is truly unique in the wind turbine blade research and enables us to validate complex damage models,` explains project manager Florian Sayer from Fraunhofer IWES. To cover a wide range of different damage modes, the two rotor blades for testing will

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Technical Due Diligence helped secure €60 million from the European Investment Bank to become world’s first project-financed floating wind farm Oslo, Norway– 7th  November 2018 –DNV GL, the world’s largest independent energy advisory and certification body, has successfully completed a lenders’ technical due diligence on the 25MW Windfloat Atlantic project, the biggest floating wind farm in the Iberian Peninsula. The project is the first project-financed floating wind farm. The due diligence undertaken by DNV GL was instrumental in helping the project to secure the funding from the European Investment Bank which now has announced its intention to provide a €60 million loan to Portuguese company Windplus. The project, which is located about 20 km of Costa Viana do Castelo, Portugal is currently under construction and set to become operational in 2019. It consists of an array of three 8.4MW MHI Vestas turbines, the largest and most powerful wind turbines ever installed onto a floating foundation at sea. Each turbine will operate on a Windfloat floating platform, an innovative design comprising a moored semi-submersible platform. Working in close collaboration with the company behind the project, Windplus - a subsidiary of EDP Renewables (79.4%), Repsol (19.4%) and Principle Power (1.2%). DNV GL conducted an independent energy yield assessment and undertook

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 BELECTRIC and its subsidiaries PADCON and Jurchen Technology have been certified in accordance with the new ISO 45001 standard  Occupational health and safety management system successfully implementedKolitzheim, Germany – International solar and battery specialist BELECTRIC is a leader in the field of occupational health and safety: BELECTRIC is one of the first companies in Germany to receive a TÜV Nord certification in accordance with the new ISO 45001 for its occupational health and safety management system which was implemented earlier this year. The new standard replaces the British OHSAS 18001 standard. The main focus of the BELECTRIC occupational health and safety management system is to assess risks; delineate effective protective measures; promote awareness and train employees, and foster continuous improvement with the aim of creating a workplace environment designed to be safer and more secure. “Ensuring a safe and healthy working environment – both at the construction site and in the office – is particularly important for a plant manufacturer like us”, explains Ingo Alphéus, CEO of BELECTRIC Solar & Battery GmbH. “With this international certification, we are showing both our customers and our employees that occupational health and safety is a high priority for us, every day and all

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Munich, November 7, 2018 – The solar market is thriving, and demand for batteries is also rising steadily. Market researchers have predicted photovoltaics (PV) deployment of roughly 100 gigawatts (GW) for 2018. At the same time, the global market for batteries and fuel cells is already worth 5.5 billion euros and is forecast to exceed 81 billion euros by 2025. The industry’s impressive growth is fueling a boom in production. Everything points to a continuing upward trend in the coming years – prompting Intersolar and ees Europe to focus more closely on production technologies. In 2019, the two energy exhibitions will dedicate a whole hall to this topic for the first time. Exhibitors and trade visitors can learn all about PV and battery production technologies in hall C1 from May 15–17, 2019 in Munich. And at the Production Technologies forum, they will gain essential first-hand knowledge of the latest developments and innovations. Solar energy is playing an increasingly dominant role in the energy industry. Forecasts for 2018 anticipated that new solar power systems with a capacity of around 100 GW would be installed worldwide. The trade association SolarPower Europe even predicts that, within the next five years, more than 1,000

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Zug, Switzerland – November 8, 2018: Since Vattenfall commissioning the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) earlier this year, the Swedish energy group has been measuring important wind parameters with ROMO iSpin technology to monitor the performance of each of the eleven enhanced MHI Vestas V164 8MW class wind turbines. The iSpin equipment was installed as part of the turbine supply contract. “With iSpin technology, Vattenfall will be able to detect deviations in the power curve, allowing them to remedy the problem and minimise energy losses.” Brian Sørensen, CEO Romo Wind adds. With its advanced wind measurement capabilities including turbulence intensity, yaw misalignment and inflow angle measurements, in addition to wind speed and direction, the iSpin equipment is an enabler for load calculations and assessments as well as the optimization of the turbines in terms of wake effects. “The ability to capture value-adding data plays a significant role in the operational phase of a windfarm. The iSpin technology contributes to Vattenfall’s ability to actively control operational risks” Kevin Jones, Head of Aberdeen Bay, Vattenfall.

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− Report emphasizes Hanwha Q CELLS’ quality innovation efforts towards enhancing product reliability and engagement in eco-friendly business activities that reflect eco-friendly characteristics of PV industry − 2018 report introduces Hanwha Q CELLS’ corporate social responsibility,  addressing a range of social issues, including climate change, energy poverty, and fine dust [Berlin, Germany, November 7, 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, has published its Sustainability Report 2018 (the “Report”), which outlines the Company’s sustainability management activities, achievements, and future plans. Hanwha Q CELLS first began publishing its sustainability report last year as a mean to share its sustainability management activities with key stakeholders, such as shareholders, investors, customers, employees, suppliers, and local communities. The Report outlines the sustainability management efforts that are linked to Hanwha Q CELLS’ corporate philosophy of creating a sustainable future. In particular, Hanwha Q CELLS has focused on quality innovation efforts in enhancing product reliability, eco-friendly management activities, and its corporate social responsibility efforts that reflect the inherent strengths and characteristics of the PV industry. In order to ensure the reliability of the Report, it has been third-party verified by

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