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Shell today announced at WindEurope Offshore 2019 that its industry-leading gearbox oil, Shell Omala S5 Wind 320, is now carbon neutral[1]. Shell’s global portfolio of nature-based carbon credits will compensate CO2 emissions from the lifecycle of Shell Omala S5 Wind 320. Each carbon credit represents the avoidance or removal of greenhouse gases equivalent to 1 tonne of CO2. Richard Tucker, Shell’s General Manager for B2B Lubricants and Supply Chain Technology, commented: “The avoidance, reduction, and offsetting of carbon emissions are incredibly important. Through this latest offering, we can further support our customers in meeting their own ambitions to address emissions. “Measures such as gearbox optimisation also help ensure that the energy captured is stored and distributed resourcefully and does not go to waste further down the value chain, improving operations for customers, and helping to avoid the need for energy production from carbon emitting processes. Maximising turbine efficiency will be key to wind remaining a driving force in the transition to a low-carbon energy system.” The high performance oil comes with a market-leading 10-year warranty which gives customers peace of mind that fewer oil changes are likely to be made during a wind turbine’s lifecycle. This reduces costly breakdowns, generates productivity gains, and helps to

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Saitec Engineering, one of the leading engineering firms in Spain, is launching its first offshore wind medium-scale prototype: BlueSATH. This project is scheduled to go online during the first quarter of 2020 in the open sea waters of Santander (Spain) for a 12 months period after which the prototype will be completely decommissioned. Testing will take place in real sea environment with the deployment of a 1:6 scaled prototype of a 10 MW wind turbine using SATH floating technology, acronym of Swinging Around Twin Hull, an innovative, competitive and cost efficient solution for offshore wind industry, which has been validated in several water tank tests since 2014. The main objectives of BlueSATH project cover SATH platform validation of its response and dynamic behavior. The aim is to obtain models that allow for structural optimization, enabling cost reduction and validating structural turbine integrity. Additionally, the variables which better predict damage on different structure elements would be identified so the structural life cycle can be appropriately forecasted through a series of sensors. Furthermore, demonstrator’s logistic and transport challenges and risks would be monitored in the course of its transport from manufacturing/assembly setting to its final operation location. Regarding wind turbine operation and maintenance, the necessary operations

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With the new custom-made Cable Laying Monitoring System, NKT has further enhance NKT Victoria’s capabilities to safely install power cables with minimal risk of compromising the cable integrity during laying operation in even the most challenging site conditions such as high seas, strong current and low visibility. The new system provides real-time monitoring and data collection during cable lay ensuring optimal layback tension, departure angle and touchdown position without any physical contact with the cable. - We are always aiming to offer the most reliable and efficient power cable installation to our customers. With the new system we are setting new industry standards in terms of minimizing the risk of over bending or stretching of the cable during installation. The system increases the level of digitalisation and integration of the survey system improving the cable laying performance and reliability, says Claes Westerlind, Executive Vice President and Head of HV Solutions Karlskrona. The Cable Laying Monitoring System has been specially designed by NKT in close collaboration with the software company 4D Nav and is integrated into the hull of the NKT Victoria. With the hardware hull integration and software integration into the vessels standard survey system the cable touch down monitoring is not

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WINDEA Offshore has developed a logistics concept together with its shareholders and its new partner WPSystems that makes the repair of rotor blades offshore safer, more efficient and cost-effective. WINDEA Offshore combines a flexible vessel logistics, a powerful working platform and specially trained teams to the new service concept: WINDEA BladeService. For this purpose an exclusivity agreement was signed by all partners in order to coordinate and further develop the service modules in the best possible way. Part of WINDEA BladeService are Bernhard Schulte Offshore (BSO), Buss Industrial Services (Buss) and WP Systems (WPS). Each partner is an expert in its field. Bernhard Schulte Offshore has been one of the pioneers in providing Service Operation Vessels (SOV) for the wind industry since 2015. An SOV accommodates maintenance personnel and serves as a floating storage in the wind farm. This eliminates travel times to daily work and allows more hours to be spent on the wind turbine. Buss has highly qualified personnel with many years of experience in blade repair and maintenance. WP Systems develops innovative system solutions and the platform technology SYSTEM aqua for the maintenance of rotor blades. With its shareholders BSO and Buss as well as WPS as a third and

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A new report from Navigant Research presents a forecast of installed capacity, system prices, application segments, and revenue for the global solar PV (SPV) market through 2028. The global market for annual solar PV installations has crossed the 100 GW milestone. As the market for SPV has grown in the past decade, the need for transparency and grid stability has forced state and regional governments to adopt new processes and regulations. These changes, coupled with an accelerating decline in technology CAPEX, are expected to drive the global market for SPV with more than $2,000 billion in investments over the next decade. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, an estimated 1,955 GW of SPV is expected to be installed between 2019 and 2028, generating $2,035.6 billion in revenue for the industry globally. “Regulatory and legislative structures are evolving away from structures that incentivize widespread solar deployment to more nuanced mechanisms and business models that enable solar growth to be controlled and directed,” says Pritil Gunjan, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “These mechanisms aim to avoid negative outcomes at the system level as renewable penetration increases. They also aim to ensure that resources are allocated to new generation projects as efficiently as possible

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Ingeteam and Pylontech have tested and certified, at their respective R&D laboratories, the compatibility of Ingeteam's hybrid inverter (PV inverter + batteries) with Pylontech's HV batteries. Specifically, the INGECON® SUN STORAGE 1Play inverter and the POWERCUBE X1/X2 and FORCE H1/H2 batteries were tested. The use of Ingeteam's hybrid inverter together with Pylontech's batteries makes it possible to create hybrid systems that combine PV power generation with energy storage, with no need to add additional PV inverters. Furthermore, it is also possible to create stand-alone systems and to operate in self-consumption mode or back-up (UPS) mode. Thus, for grid-connected systems, the solar energy generated during the day can be stored for night-time consumption, giving the highest possible self-consumption ratios and, thanks to the possibility of operating in backup mode (UPS), the power supply is maintained in the event of a grid outage. The Ingeteam inverter permits the connection of a PV array and also a battery bank to the same unit, thereby reducing the cost of the system as a whole. This 3 or 6 kW single-phase transformerless inverter has been designed for use in residential and business installations alike. For its part, the Pylontech lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4) HV batteries cover a voltage range from

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Local wave and weather conditions are critical factors when undertaking offshore operations, and time is money when operators are waiting on weather. Real-time wave measurements can dispel some of the guesswork historically associated with the planning and execution of marine operations such as pipe laying, subsea installations, heavy lifting operations, work-overs, or inspections.  Precise knowledge of the sea state during such operations is an essential requirement that only becomes more critical as offshore activities move into ever-greater water depths and hostile frontier areas. Without systematic, local environmental monitoring, marine operations sensitive to wind, wave height, wave period and vessel motion can be subject to delays, cost overruns, safety issues, and asset damage. The solution is a reliable and accurate on-board system for continuous, real-time wave and motion monitoring and recording. The dry-mounted, radar-based Miros WaveFinder comprises a vertical radar and a high-performance motion sensor (MRU). The system measures air gap, i.e. the distance from the bow down to the water surface, wave height, wave period and vessel motion, all in real time. Alpha Factor: Expanding Weather Windows The "alpha factor for waves", is defined as the ratio between the operational limit and the design wave height. The objective of the standard is to ensure that

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One of the UK’s largest engineering and construction companies takes a firm foothold in the offshore wind energy market as it has successfully been awarded a record number of contracts wins for the business in this sector. ENGIE Fabricom – headquartered in Grimsby, with offices in Immingham, Lowestoft, Stokesley and Middlesbrough – has reported it has secured over £20 million pounds worth of business in offshore wind following a series of wins over the course of the past 12 months. This has seen the business undertake projects on behalf of tier one companies working directly on the UK’s largest offshore wind farms. The company is well experienced with a team of highly skilled engineers in delivering an extensive range of engineering services from anode installation, cathodic protection and grout repairs right through to safety modifications, turbine inspection and substation commissioning. Investing over £110k into its manufacturing and construction facilities at its Immingham site, ENGIE Fabricom has also recently invested in its equipment to add an additional four Remote Operating Vehicles (ROV’s) to add to its already impressive range of specialist equipment. Most recently, the company has also successfully completed two external audits carried out by major industry players Lloyds Register and Achilles. These reviews

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Solar Support, an engineering services company, officially launches its integrated equipment and plant restoration and recovery solution. Working with some of the leading O&M providers in the country, Solar Support combines deep inverter expertise with construction management acumen to resolve complex issues for utility systems. The company delivers remote and on-site diagnostics and issue resolution to help asset owners and operators keep plants running at their peak. “Our mission is to maximize performance and uptime for our customers and the entire industry, boosting asset production and revenue,” says Auston Taber, CEO of Solar Support. “Our equipment reliability experts don’t just fix inverters. They take every opportunity to transfer knowledge to on-site personnel, arming teams for future success.” Solar Support has built nearly a quarter century of technical mastery in PV power electronics, including corrective and preventive maintenance with more than 800 fault codes on nearly 50 different inverters. Driven by a deep commitment to community, its industry-first equipment knowledge portal is PV’s most comprehensive diagnostic database and offered free online troubleshooting to more than a thousand visitors in its first year alone. “Natural disasters such as hurricanes have wreaked havoc on solar plants,” says Solar Support Chief Engineer Clifford Myers. “We have the technical expertise and experience to restore plants cost-effectively, boosting confidence for owners and operators in the performance of their assets.” Solar Support’s unique collaboration

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Ofgem has today (Nov 21) announced its decision on the Targeted Charging Review (TCR), part of an ongoing programme to develop a modernised electricity network system that is smart and flexible. Responding, Morag Watson, Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, said: “Ofgem’s plans for partial reform of system balancing charges (BSUoS) are more positive than full reform, but the information published today does not remove the uncertainty hanging over the future of grid charges. “A proposal for the second BSUoS taskforce which will not produce a final report until June 2020, alongside an implementation timeline which does not align with the Access and Forward Looking Charges Review, creates further uncertainty. “We remain concerned that Ofgem is not giving due regard to the impact that ongoing changes like these are having on investment in the UK’s energy industry, or the achievement of our net-zero climate change emissions targets.”

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