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Today, Ørsted’s Hornsea One offshore windfarm celebrates the milestone of installing half of its 174 offshore wind turbines. The site, due to become the world’s largest once fully online, saw the first turbine being installed in February 2019 and now just four months on, the halfway installation point has been reached. With just 87 more turbines due to be commissioned, the site is due to reach full completion in the first quarter of 2020. Spanning across an area of 407km2. the windfarm will power well over one million homes in the UK when fully operational. The site will consist of 174 Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines and will be nearly double the size of the current world’s largest, Walney Extension. FACTS ABOUT HORNSEA ONE Will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm and the first ever to be built over 1 gigawatt (1GW) It will be capable of powering well over one million UK homes One rotation of a blade, which takes around 6 seconds, can power a home for over 24 hours! At 120km from shore, it’s also the furthest from shore an offshore wind farm has ever been built Not just marginally bigger – this project is a step change in size, nearly double

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Wight Shipyard Co Ltd (WSC) is breaking into the Windfarm Support Vessel (WFSV) market with the launch of its new Vortisea brand. The Vortisea brand, designed in collaboration with Australia’s Incat Crowther, is specifically geared towards European and UK windfarms, particularly those further offshore, with the operator’s expectancy for flexibility, speed and operational efficiency. “It’s fitting that being so well established in the fast ferry sector we have chosen to enter the WFSV market. There is still a niche to be filled. We will be targeting all operators, but particularly those looking for a very high-quality vessel build in Europe,” said Peter Morton, CEO, WSC. Collaboration WSC is no stranger to working with Incat Crowther. Back in February, a collaboration between the two companies delivered a multi-million-pound export order for a 250-passenger river ferry to Twin City Liner (TCL) in Vienna, Austria, and earlier this month saw the launch of two 37m fast ferries due for export to Ultramar in Cancún, Mexico. WSC has a long-established pedigree in the ferry building sector with customers including MBNA Thames Clippers and Red Funnel. But this is the first time the yard has ventured into the renewables sector. “Incat Crowther is the best partner for this brand of

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A first of its kind collaboration between defence and oil and gas will lead to the development of advanced underwater technology to solve challenges across both sectors. Subsea UK and its technology arm, the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI), have joined forces with the UK Defence Solutions Centre (UKDSC) to accelerate the development of underwater robotics, unmanned operations, sensors and other technological and digital innovations. Described as NASA but on the seabed, the British subsea sector, represented by Subsea UK, is focused on highly sophisticated underwater engineering and technology for, primarily, the oil and gas industry but, more increasingly, for offshore wind and marine renewables. Generating around £8billion per annum, this sector supports 45,000 jobs. Subsea UK and NSRI have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UKDSC to enable collaboration between the two sectors on research and development (R&D) activity through knowledge sharing, innovation transfer and maximising resources. The signing of the MoU follows more than a year of discussions between Subsea UK and the UKDSC, which began at the Subsea UK ROV conference in 2017. Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, then presented at a UKDSC event in Farnborough where he highlighted the UK’s underwater autonomy capabilities and technologies.

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Dulas reports a 91% uplift in wind monitoring projects in year to date, including multiple surveys at prospective turbine sites Machynlleth, 18 June 2019 – Dulas, a leading renewable energy consultancy, has announced that its wind monitoring division has seen an uptick in site survey work, suggesting that the UK’s onshore wind industry is taking steps towards a post-subsidy future. Between January and May of this year, Dulas has secured 107 wind monitoring projects, covering maintenance, data collection, storage, met mast installations, and fault fixing. Crucially, this figure includes eleven site surveys, with a number of potential locations at each site. This is a marked increase on the same period in 2018, where out of 56 wind monitoring projects, not a single site survey was commissioned. 2017’s subsidy drop-off saw the closure of the Renewables Obligation scheme and prevention of new onshore wind from competing in the Government’s Contracts for Difference auctions. In response, new onshore wind installations fell by nearly 80% in 2018 – the lowest level since 2011. However, these new site surveying figures from Dulas indicate that investment in the UK’s onshore renewables capacity is returning. Site surveys are a crucial stage in the development of new onshore wind projects. Once

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Hamburg, 18 June 2019. The Nordex Group has signed a contract with the North American subsidiary of the French energy group Engie S.A. to supply and install 100 turbines of the AW3000 series. The project will use the AW140/3000 on an 82 meter tower, which represents the largest swept area wind turbine available in the marketplace with a tip height below 500 feet. The turbines are to be delivered in 2020 and installed in the 300 MW "Prairie Hill" project, near to the town of Mart in Texas.   “We are pleased to be working with a new and important international customer, Engie, and we are bringing technology to the table that enables the lowest cost of energy solution, one which is perfectly suited to the conditions of their Texas project," says Patxi Landa, CSO of the Nordex Group. The Nordex Group - a profile The Group has installed more than 25 GW of wind energy capacity in over 40 markets and in 2018 generated revenues of around EUR 2.5 billion. The company currently has more than 5,500 employees. The joint manufacturing capacity includes factories in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States, India, Argentina and in Mexico. The product portfolio is focused

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Jan De Nul Group scores a hattrick in Taiwan being successfully awarded the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) of both foundations and subsea cables for the Formosa 2 Offshore Wind Farm (OWF). Developed by Macquarie Capital Ltd. and Swancor Renewable Energy Company Ltd., the 376MW Formosa 2 OWF will have 47 Siemens 8MW turbines on jacket foundations in up to 55m water depth. Formosa 2 OWF is the third Taiwanese OWF contract for Jan De Nul Group and will have more than three times the capacity of the Changhua OWF and the Formosa 1 Phase 2 OWF. Under this contract Jan De Nul Group will be responsible for the foundation design, fabrication and installation, as well as for the design, supply and installation of the subsea cables. Construction works are planned to start in 2020 and the wind farm is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2021. Peter De Pooter, Manager Offshore Renewables at Jan De Nul Group: “Being awarded the Formosa 2 EPCI contract is a very important next step for Jan De Nul Group in the growing Taiwanese offshore wind market. This new contract underlines our commitment to Taiwan and more generally to the Asian region in

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• 47 SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines to be provided • 20-year full Service agreement included • Offshore construction to begin in 2020 • Firm order subject to final investment decision by consortium partners Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has conditionally received an order for the supply of offshore wind turbines including a 20-year full Service agreement for the 376 megawatt (MW) Formosa 2 Offshore Wind Farm Project in Taiwan. The awarding consortium partners are Macquarie Capital and Swancor Renewable Energy Co. A firm order is subject to the consortium's final investment decision. The project will be located in Miaoli county, and utilize 47 units of the SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine. SGRE will also be responsible for the full servicing of the turbines for 20 years, including the provision of spare parts and tools to help ensure the reliability and optimal performance of the power plant. Offshore construction is planned to begin in 2020. Formosa 2 will be located close to the site of the Formosa 1 power plant, which will consist of a total of 22 SGRE offshore wind turbines when installation of Phase 2 is completed later this year. “We are delighted to continue our close collaboration with Swancor and Macquarie in

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The Company’s Q PEAK DUO high performance module series was selected as a Top Performer by PVEL and DNV GL, marking the fourth year in a row in which Q CELLS has attained Top Performer status. [Seoul, Republic of Korea, June 14, 2019] Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (“Q CELLS” or “the Company”), one of the largest solar cell and module manufacturers in the world, announces today that the Company has been recognized as a Top Performer in the 2019 PV Module Reliability Scorecard, published by PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) in partnership with DNV GL. This is the fourth year in a row that Q CELLS has been selected for this accolade. PVEL is one of the world’s leading reliability and performance testing laboratories in the solar industry. As an independent laboratory, PVEL tests PV modules from leading solar manufacturers annually, and publishes the PV Module Reliability Scorecard based on these test results every year. The PV Module Reliability Scorecard is recognized as one of the most comprehensive publicly available PV module reliability test results comparisons, and the title of Top Performer – that is granted to high-ranked companies – is accepted throughout the industry as a reliable mark of high product

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Industry and politicians gather at Holyrood in Onshore Wind Week Media release with images - click to download high-res versions MSPs from across politics joined the onshore wind industry at the Scottish Parliament today (June 13) to celebrate Onshore Wind Week. The politicians, including Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse, joined industry body Scottish Renewables and ScottishPower Renewables, among many others, to show their support for the sector. Onshore wind provides two thirds (67%) of Scotland's renewable electricity and employs 5,800 people in Scotland, from the Borders to the islands. UK Government polling in May showed the technology is more popular than ever (79% support) - and more popular in Scotland than in the rest of the UK (80% support). It has however been locked out of the UK energy market since 2015 by the UK Government. MSPs who attended the photoshoot included Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse (SNP), Mark Ruskell (Greens), Elaine Smith (Lab) and Colin Smyth (Lab) and Liam McArthur (Lib Dem). Organisations represented at the photoshoot included EDF Renewables, ScottishPower Renewables, CS Wind, Locogen, Senvion, innogy and more. Other activity taking place across the UK as part of Onshore Wind Week includes: Publication of a new report from Vivid Economics, demonstrating that the average consumer would save £50 on their electricity bill, around 30,000 people could be employed in

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The global solar photovoltaic (PV) inverters market is set to decline at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.2% and reach US$3.04bn in 2023, primarily due to a sharp drop in inverter prices and slowdown in solar PV installations, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. The company’s latest report, ‘Solar PV Inverters, Update 2019 – Global Market Size, Competitive Landscape, Key Country Analysis, and Forecast to 2023’, reveals that competitive market, economies of scale and removal of subsidies are forcing manufacturers to restructure their prices to retain businesses in a highly fragmented market. Asia-Pacific (APAC) accounted for approximately 71% of the inverters installed globally in 2018, followed by the Americas with 16.5% and EMEA with 12.5%. Despite the contraction in its market share, APAC is expected to dominate the market over the forecast period (2019–2023), supported by trends in China, India and Japan. Nirushan Rajasekaram, Power Analyst for GlobalData comments: “Globally, China is the largest market for solar PV inverters. The aggressive pursuit of solar by the country led to significant capacity additions over the historic period (2014–2018), with 44.3 gigawatt (GW) installed in 2018 alone. However, the market is expected to slow down significantly with the government opting to reduce solar subsidy

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