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SSEN Transmission has published ambitious plans for the future of the north of Scotland electricity transmission system. With the region home to some of the UK’s greatest resources of renewable energy, SSEN Transmission will be at the forefront of the country’s fight to tackle climate change, connecting up more renewable energy and transporting it across the country. There is growing consensus of the need to fully decarbonise the economy to prevent the worst effects of global warming, with the UK Government committing to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and the Scottish Government committing to meet this target five years earlier, in 2045.  The draft Business Plan reflects this and follows substantial consultation with national and local stakeholders as well as SSEN Transmission’s independent expert RIIO-T2 User Group. ‘A Network for Net Zero’ aims to support both Governments’ targets and meet the needs and expectations expressed by stakeholders through five clear, ambitious goals: Transport the renewable electricity that powers 10 million homes (circa 10 GW) 100% network reliability for homes and businesses Every connection delivered on time One third reduction in SSEN Transmission’s greenhouse gas emissions £100m in efficiency savings from innovation Rob McDonald, Managing Director for SSEN Transmission, said the plans were a

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After more than 100 years at the famous Camp Hill site, Sulzer has started the process to move its facilities and create a new center of excellence for its customers. Sulzer’s brand new service center will be located at the prestigious Birmingham Business Park, where the company will base its UK head office as well as state-of-the-art repair and maintenance facilities. Sulzer are working with Canmoor Developments Limited to deliver this important project, which will provide Sulzer’s customers with best-in-class service for electromechanical repairs as well as new high voltage testing facilities. The 7’618 sq. m (82’000 sq. feet) purpose-built service center has been designed using 3D mapping technology that positions both the existing and new equipment in the most efficient layout. By optimizing the floor plan, material flow will be improved and project repair times for customers will be minimized. The building phase is scheduled to be complete in early May 2020, after which there will be a carefully planned relocation of all the equipment, such as the copper rolling mill and coil manufacturing machinery, winding machines and the high voltage test bed. In addition to the existing equipment, Sulzer is also taking the opportunity to invest in a new high-speed

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Responding, Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “This fantastic new figure shows how Scotland’s remarkable renewable energy resource is being harnessed by technologies like wind, hydro, biomass, solar, marine energy and more, and is continuing to deliver environmental and economic benefits across Scotland. “Renewables are now producing more of our electricity than ever before, reducing the carbon emissions which cause climate change and driving jobs and investment across the country. “Scotland’s renewable energy industry employs 17,700 people, and with the right support from government can continue to deliver enormous economic benefits as we transition to a low-carbon energy system and strive to achieve net-zero emissions by 2045.”

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Commenting on the launch of a £100m fund to help UK firms capitalise on the boom in offshore wind, Sebastian Speight, Managing Director of Infrastructure at Ingenious, said: “The launch of the offshore wind industrial strategy is a positive move which will help develop the domestic supply chain in what is likely to be a growth industry over the coming decades as the UK decarbonises its energy supply. In order to drive long-term benefits from an industrial strategy, however, there needs to be commitment across government to tackle a range of factors affecting long-term investment decisions including skills base, structural labour costs, tax advantages and macro-economic factors such as Brexit.”

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Hamburg, 27 June 2019. The Nordex Group is further enlarging its footprint in Croatia. The state-owned energy supplier Hrvatska elektroprivreda (HEP Group) has now placed an order with the manufacturer for the supply of 18 N131/3600 turbines for the "Korlat" wind farm. The Nordex Group is also responsible for service and maintenance of the turbines for a period of 20 years on the basis of a Premium Service Agreement. For the HEP Group this is the first wind farm in its power plant portfolio. "We are pleased that the HEP Group has now added wind turbine generators to its existing power plant portfolio for the first time and that they have opted for our turbine technology. By building Korlat, we are supporting the HEP Group on its way to a CO2-free, climate-neutral electricity production," says Patxi Landa, CSO of the Nordex Group. "Korlat" is to be set up some 40 kilometres from the port of Zadar, near to Benkovac, a town in the interior of the country. The wind farm has an altitude of between 270 and 340 metres above sea level. The wind speed at the site is a moderate 7.2 metres per second, ideal conditions for the N131/3600, which is

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Products make an impression on both sides of the Atlantic (Wels, 27/6/19) The new Fronius hybrid inverter Primo GEN24 Plus impressed the expert jury for the prestigious German Plus X Award and was heralded as “product of the year” in four categories. The system took prime position on the podium in the categories of High Quality, Ease of Use, Functionality and Ecology. With features such as the various need-based emergency power variants and ease of use, this system forms the basis for the ideal photovoltaic (PV) solution that leaves nothing to be desired. Fronius picked up another award in the USA: Here, the PV Evolutions Lab voted the Symo Advanced inverter as the “Top Performer 2019”. “Like the RedDot and IF Design Award, the Plus X Award is one of the most well-known international design and innovation awards that recognises manufacturers of products with superior quality,” said Martin Hackl, Global Director Solar Energy at Fronius International GmbH. “The fact that our Primo GEN24 Plus has achieved the accolade of “product of the year” shows that, with this hybrid inverter, we now have another premium product in our portfolio.” The Primo GEN24 Plus is the all-in-one solution with an integrated energy management system and

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  PEG system significantly reduces costs and installation time   Jurchen Technology presents innovative substructure at the Solar Power International trade fair in Salt Lake City Kitzingen, Germany – Jurchen Technology has had its innovative PEG system certified according to the US UL-2703 standard. The certification was carried out by Intertek US. “This certification enables us to enter into the US market. The extremely efficient area utilization of up to 1.7 megawatts per hectare (0.71 megawatts per acre) makes our system particularly interesting for the US market, as space close to network connection points in the USA is not only rare but also very expensive”, says Michael Jurchen, CEO of Jurchen Technology GmbH. Since its introduction at the Intersolar Europe trade fair in 2018, Jurchen Technology has delivered this revolutionary system to a number of locations in Germany and the Netherlands, as well as Israel, Africa and Australia. The substructure is particularly popular in Australia, where it is currently being utilized to provide the countries first series of unsubsidized utility scale solar projects. By the end of 2019, around 50 solar plants based on the innovative PEG substructure will have been built.

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French floating offshore wind leader Ideol and Shizen Energy, a leading Japanese renewable specialist, have expressed a formal intention to collaborate on the development of a commercial- scale floating wind project located off Kyushu using Ideol’s technology. This agreement was signed in Tokyo today by Mr Paul de la Guérivière, CEO of Ideol, and Mr Masaya Hasegawa, Representative Director of Shizen Energy, during the state visit of Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic. Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of Economy, attended the signing ceremony. This multi-MW project will draw upon Ideol’s patented Damping Pool® technology and Shizen’s extensive experience in local project development. Currently, Ideol and Shizen Energy are jointly examining the implementation of floating offshore wind power projects in Kyushu and are also considering expanding the partnership to other regions in the future. This agreement coincides with recent senior recruitments to shore up its local sales and engineering subsidiary. Paul de la Guérivière's presence in the delegation of business leaders accompanying the French President confirms the willingness of France and Japan to collaborate on the subject of renewables and on floating offshore wind in particular. “With our two full-scale demonstrators in operation in France and in Japan, as well as a pre-commercial

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ABB has delivered a unique solar solution enabling Costa Rica’s largest solar park to provide a clean and independent power supply to 10 percent of the country’s population, supporting Costa Rica’s ambition to ensure 100 percent of its energy comes from renewable sources. ABB has supplied its award winning PVS-175 high power inverters to Costa Rica’s largest solar park offering improved performance and helping remote communities across the region become connected to reliable solar power. With 95 percent of Costa Rica’s energy coming from renewable resources such as hydropower, geothermal and wind, the country is looking for alternative sources to reduce its reliance on hydropower and safeguard its long-term energy security in the wake of changeable weather patterns. As part of a visionary energy program involving COOPELESCA (Cooperative de Electrificación de Rural de San Carlos), a cooperative founded in 1965 and the national business consortium for energy, CONELECTRICAS (Consorcio Nacional de Empresas de Electrificación de Costa Rica R.L.) they have been working closely to explore innovative energy projects that can help more communities become connected to renewable energy sources.

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This multi-million pound contract guarantees capacity utilization until mid-2020 and secures the jobs of more than 180 employees. Fifth order from world-leading offshore wind developer Ørsted 26 June 2019 Just three months after rolling out steel for their first export transition piece order, EEW OSB celebrates more good news with a contract win for Hornsea Two, Ørsted’s latest offshore wind farm. At 1.4 GW, Hornsea Two will overtake its sister project Hornsea One as the biggest offshore wind farm in the world when operational in 2022. It will be capable of supplying well over 1.3 million UK homes with clean electricity. The news comes on the second day of Global Offshore Wind, an international industry conference, at which the UK Offshore Wind Industry Council launched a new programme to encourage UK suppliers to take advantage of the growing clean-tech industry. The multi-million pound contract means that a further 30 Transition Pieces (TPs) will be manufactured at EEW OSB, a specialist facility in Teesside that employs around 180 people. EEW OSB will roll primary steel, weld, coat & paint the tubular structures as well as fit them out internally with secondary structures. This order represents its fifth project with industry leader Ørsted. Duncan Clark, Programme Director for

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