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As Europe’s energy mix goes through a pivotal time of transition, what can wind energy bring to the table to deliver a clean economy for all Europeans? From 2-4 April, the WindEurope 2019 Conference & Exhibition in Bilbao will gather over 8,000 wind industry delegates to address this question. Long renowned as Europe’s leading on- and offshore event, the WindEurope Conference & Exhibition annually connects hundreds of speakers and exhibitors with thousands of delegates from the worlds of finance, technology, academia, policy, and more. In 2019, the event takes place against a backdrop of immense change and transition across Europe. As you read this, EU Governments are working on their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) for 2030. In these plans, Member States must outline their climate and energy goals, policies and measures from 2021 to 2030. These NECPs need to be finalised by the end of 2019. They will define the market in which the entire European wind industry works for the next decade. At the same time, you don’t need to be a scientist to observe the unpredictability of our weather patterns in recent years: record-breaking temperatures, high and low, are becoming an alarming norm. Climate change has come

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PES met up with Mads Poulsen, Sales and Chartering Manager, Esbjerg, Denmark, to find out the latest news from BBC Chartering. Esbjerg is a prime location for offshore wind. Components are increasingly bigger, providing a challenge and risk assessment remains a priority. PES: Hi Mads, it’s great to have you back. As always, we are pleased to say we have many new readers, so would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of BBC Chartering and the importance of the wind industry to you? Mads Poulsen: Being one of the largest project carriers in the market, the wind industry is of course of major importance to us. BBC has been involved in this sector since the beginning in the 1990´s and today wind power transports are amongst our top three cargo commodities. We believe in this sector and its ongoing growth potential. Of course, we´re determined to stay a market leading provider of shipping solutions to this industry. PES: We would like to know more about your wind division’s competences and what you feel it brings to the market? MP: We work closely with our clients and share our experiences and insights proactively. This way we can identify many challenges and

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As the renewable energy industry continues to grow globally, the amount of maintenance required grows with it. Wind turbines and solar farms need regular inspections to ensure they are functioning optimally. With all those inspections comes a mountain of data. Data that needs to be sorted, stored, and converted into actionable steps regarding part replacements and ongoing maintenance recommendations. ABJ Drones has a solution: DataVue. DataVue is ABJ’s solution to the expanding data problem. It is an online repository where all inspection information is stored, annotated, and turned into useful and actionable reports. It uses an intuitive user interface and is location-based, so a company can easily browse through vast quantities of data for assets of all different kinds. While the focus is renewables, DataVue is designed to handle any type of image-based asset inspection, including transmission and distribution lines, building facades, infrared roof scans, construction site progress tracking, stockpile management, site surveying, and more. How it works When an asset needs to be inspected, a wind turbine for example, ABJ sends out a licensed drone pilot to capture detailed imagery of the entire structure. That imagery is then uploaded to DataVue and analysed by ABJ’s industry experts. Any and all issues are

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In recent weeks, the UK offshore wind community welcomed the UK Government’s new Offshore Wind Sector Deal – which will see £250 million being invested into the sector. Emma Harrick, Business Development Manager for Renewables at A&P Group tells PES what it means for her company and the wind industry in general. The Sector Deal will ensure the UK can maintain its position as world leader in renewables and continue to innovate and drive down the costs of wind farm production. The UK’s credentials are impressive, having installed more offshore wind capacity than any other country. The cost of producing a wind farm has halved in the UK. Renewed support from the UK Government could: • double the number of UK turbines in UK waters. • Take offshore wind to 30 GW by 2030. • Meet a third of UK’s electricity demands by 2030. • Grow the workforce from 11,000 to 27,000. • Increase UK exports to £20 bn. However, there is still work to be done. Businesses operating in the UK offshore wind supply chain need to continue to provide innovative solutions to support the sector if it is to continue to flourish. A&P Group vision Our vision is simple: to make A&P Tyne

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Solar and storage technology leader to showcase service solutions at the worldwide conferences dedicated to optimizing solar plants and portfolios ROCKLIN, Calif., March 20, 2019 - SMA will join industry leaders at the Solar Asset Management North America conference and tradeshow on March 26th and 27th in San Francisco. The conference comes on the heels of new rankings released by the Wood Mackenzie research group. The Wood Mackenzie Global Solar PV O&M Markets, Services and Competitors report shows that SMA has risen in the global rankings—to sixth overall and first in the North America inverter manufacturer category. Additionally, SMA was ranked second globally for inverter manufacturers. This is noteworthy as the comprehensive analysis highlights the continued growth and expansion of the SMA service offerings and solutions. SMA will showcase its flexible service solutions for asset management, spanning from spare parts supply warranties to preventative maintenance, plant-wide O&M and repowering solutions. Speaking on three panels, SMA thought leaders will discuss vertical integration, aerial inspection and repowering, among other topics. SMA Solar Monitoring Center SMA will focus on communicating with customers and partners about the benefits of service solutions, especially how they impact the flexibility and profitability for customers. SMA offers a full range of risk-sharing options from spare

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Leading Marine Management System, SeaPlanner has been selected to support the construction of Formosa 1 Offshore Wind Farm Phase 2, as part of the SeaRoc’s strategic partnership with Specialist Marine Consultants (SMC) who are contracted for deliver marine coordination services for the 120MW project. SMC will be responsible for managing all operational marine coordination activities during construction of the 20 6MW turbine wind farm, and will utilise the full capabilities of the SeaPlanner system to manage the safety and efficiency of the work. This includes inductions of all working personnel, management of personnel certification, live vessel, personnel and asset tracking, controlling access restrictions, Risk Assessment/Method Statement (RAMS) management, Permit to Work and Transfer of Control. Also working with the two companies and in alignment with their commitment to promoting local content, MDS, a local communications specialist, will be utilised to provide expert support to the operation. MDS have great experience in delivering communications, coastal radars surveillance and spectrum monitoring & DF solutions in-country, having previously delivered systems integration and services to the Taiwanese military, rail network, public safety (police & firefighter) and coastguard, amongst others.

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Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) today announced the successful conclusion of an order from an existing, major Asian customer for its high performance MAiA® 6.1 platform which delivers an impressive throughput of over 6,000 wafers per hour for mass production scalable PERC technology. By selecting Meyer Burger’s MAiA® 6.1, which launched in 2018, to drive the production expansion of its high quality PERC solar cells, this global leader in the PV industry has chosen today’s foremost standard in PERC manufacturing technology. Meyer Burger’s industrialized MAiA® with its superior passivation technology played a key role in finally establishing PERC as the new global standard in mass manufacturing of solar cells. PERC delivered a much higher module performance while reducing production costs compared to the former Al-BSF standard technology. Dr Hans Brändle, CEO of Meyer Burger, stated: “Today’s announcement of a repeat order from a leading PV module manufacturer for our next generation MAiA® 6.1 signals the beginning of ambitious new PERC expansion plans by the solar industry.” Meyer Burger’s CTO, Dr Gunter Erfurt, added: “Meyer Burger’s proprietary passivation technology for PERC solar cells is based on our own IP which is patented in the EU as well as in China and

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The Company Adds ZX 300 and ZX 300M to Its Remote Sensing Offerings March 19, 2019, Hinesburg, Vermont, USA – NRG Systems, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of smart technologies for a range of wind, solar, and meteorological applications, has announced that it will now sell and support ZX Lidars in North America. This will include the ZX 300 for onshore vertical profiling applications and the ZX 300M for near-shore or platform-based offshore applications. Both models capture finance-grade wind measurements from 10 to 200+ meters and are fully IEC classified and accepted by DNV GL as Stage 3 Bankable Lidars. NRG Systems, a global leader in wind measurement for over 36 years, offers the industry’s most complete portfolio of resource assessment technologies, including met mast systems, Direct Detect Lidar, and Doppler Lidar. David Hurwitt, NRG’s Vice President, Global Marketing and Product Management, said, “We’re very excited to pair ZX’s proven technologies with our sales, logistics, and service capabilities. The combination gives our customers absolute confidence that we can meet their complete measurement needs.” NRG Systems was one of the first companies to venture into remote sensing for wind more than a decade ago. Today, they offer a suite of support products and services

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An Alfa Laval Smit Combustion system (FU type) is now installed at the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre in Aalborg, Denmark. The system, which adds inert gas production to the centre’s already comprehensive range of full-scale vessel applications, will ensure that Alfa Laval remains at the forefront of developing and optimizing inert gas systems. Inaugurated in 2014, the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre is essentially a full-sized machine room on land, with equipment from all of Alfa Laval’s marine product groups installed in process lines as they would be on a commercial vessel. To support a focus on gas applications and combustion technology, the testing space underwent a major expansion in 2017, which added 1100 m2 and a gas fuel supply. The new Smit Combustion system fits neatly into that expansion, where flame tests and other activities are underway with the Alfa Laval Gas Combustion Unit (GCU) and multi-fuel Alfa Laval Aalborg burner systems. Leading innovation in a safety-critical application Inert gas production is needed on ships that carry oil and gas products, where the inert gas replaces oxygen in the cargo space to ensure a non-combustible atmosphere. The gas is pumped into the cargo tanks during offloading, for tank inspections

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Energy regulator Ofgem has today (March 19) said it is minded to turn down an application for a 600MW electricity interconnector between the Western Isles and the Scottish mainland in favour of a smaller 450MW connection, while approving a 600MW connection to Shetland. Responding, Hannah Smith, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “Scotland’s remote islands have some of the best renewable energy resource in the world. “We welcome Ofgem’s minded-to position on the Shetland interconnector – the lack of which has left promising projects effectively locked out of the energy market for want of a network connection. “The decision to approve a smaller connection to the Western Isles – which is in an almost-identical situation – does, however, raise questions about whether consumers now and in the future will be denied access to the islands’ potential for low-cost renewable generation. “Renewable energy development is about delivering environmental, social and economic benefits, so the numbers on this decision are important. “Analysis by SSEN shows the cost differential between a 450MW and 600MW link is less than 5% of the total cost of the project; but would provide a third more capacity for new renewable electricity generation and deliver an additional 30% of socio-economic benefit to the Western

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