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Virtual power plants (VPPs) are moving from concept to broad deployment throughout many countries worldwide, aiming to get the most out of distributed energy resources (DERs) in these regions. With the proliferation of this technology, Lux Research has identified four key conditions VPPs are looking for when evaluating new regions or countries for operations: Energy companies interested in expanding VPPs to new geographies should rely on the above four key conditions when evaluating whether VPPs are suitable and can provide value. Today, markets in Southeast Asia are interesting emerging opportunities for VPP deployments, and players active in the energy space should seek partnerships in the region to introduce the solution, starting with pilot demonstration projects.

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A new report from Navigant Research tracks blockchain vendor market entries and exits, funding, investments, and project deployments in the energy industry. Since 2015, startups, utilities, and technology companies have financed and deployed demonstration and pilot projects to determine whether blockchain can address pain points across the energy industry. As the technology slowly matures, the narrative that blockchain will fundamentally disrupt the energy system is giving way to a more pragmatic vision in which blockchain’s primary role is to make existing processes more efficient. Click to tweet: @NavigantRSRCH’s inaugural Blockchain Vendor and Deployment Tracker identifies 236 vendors, 254 projects, and nearly $700 million in cumulative funding invested into energy blockchain development across five global regions. “Key findings from our analysis highlight the shift in focus away from transactive energy (TE) and peer-to-peer electricity trading toward pragmatic use cases with shorter maturity horizons and proven business models,” says Johnathon de Villier, research analyst with Navigant Research. “In particular, recent project deployments have focused on renewable energy certificates and guarantees of origin.” According to the report, recent market developments are driven in part by market barriers to TE deployment despite continued interest from both vendors and potential customers. The shift in focus away from TE is likely also influenced by

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Michael Thorndahl Simmelsgaard is the new managing director for Ramboll’s global energy division First of January 2020 a strong leader with an impressive track record in the international energy industry will take the lead of Ramboll’s global energy division covering more than 1,800 experts across 14 countries. Michael T. Simmelsgaard is replacing Thomas Rand who has decided to retire after ten successful years as Managing Director for Energy and 41 years in the company. Thomas Rand will continue in the company in a role as senior advisor for the new Managing Director as well as the Ramboll Group. Michael T. Simmelsgaard comes from a position as head of Offshore Wind in Vattenfall, where he has been globally responsible for Vattenfall’s offshore wind activities covering market development, engineering, design, construction, operations and asset management of large-scale wind assets. In addition, he has gained broad industry experience in utilities and energy systems from senior leadership roles in Ørsted, Siemens and Danfoss. Offshore wind is the fastest growing energy sector in the world, and today Ramboll is a world leader within design of foundations for offshore wind turbines representing a market share of approx. 60 % of all offshore foundations in the world. Furthermore, Ramboll has a

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Residents in 364 homes across seven tower blocks in Sunderland are embracing the green housing revolution with the removal of their gas boilers in place of renewable and low carbon ground source heat pumps. Gentoo Group are delivering the ‘Core 364’ project with the support of energy and regeneration specialist, ENGIE, and ground source heat pump specialists, Kensa Contracting. Mobilisation for the heating upgrade programme commenced this October, with all systems expected to be replaced by late Summer 2020. The growing number of ground source heat pump installations in existing and new build housing comes in light of Government’s new National Design Guide and imminent Future Homes Standard; both of which recommend heat pumps as sustainable heating alternatives to fossil fuels. In addition, Building Regulation updates outlawing boiler flues containing combustible materials removes the option for like-for-like replacements in multiple occupancy buildings, adding to the growing list of reasons to remove gas from buildings. The Gentoo scheme will see further improvements in the tower blocks including; the installation of sprinklers, upgrades to the incoming electricity supply, upgrades to fire alarm and detection systems, and the removal of the gas supply to the tower blocks. David Broom, Commercial Director at Kensa Contracting, comments: “Electrification of heat with ground

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Osbit, the offshore equipment supplier, has been awarded a contract to design and build an offshore wind turbine pile gripper system, by leading Malaysian-based global energy services provider Sapura Energy. The pile gripper will initially be used to support the development of WPD’s Yunlin offshore wind farm, the first large offshore wind farm to be constructed in the rapidly developing Taiwanese market. The system will be installed on Sapura Energy’s Heavy Lift vessel and will support the installation of the wind farm’s 80 monopile foundations, which are each 8-metres in diameter. The Osbit-supplied system is designed to facilitate monopile installation from a moored floating vessel. The pile gripper will maintain the position and verticality of monopile foundations and be deployed and stowed using a deck rail skidding system. To futureproof the system for the evolving wind market, Osbit’s design is highly adaptable, accommodating monopiles between 6.5 and 10 metres in diameter, with push forces up to 300 tonnes. The pile gripper features many elements of Osbit’s proven modular and configurable technology, which are optimised to suit Sapura Energy’s needs. The system includes a market-leading control cabin design and an integrated Near Pile Noise Mitigation System, which lessens subsea noise associated with piling activities. Osbit equipment has

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Today, Fujitsu announced a three-year extension to its relationship with Centrica, to further drive the enhancement and standardisation of digital services for Centrica employees. The agreement will equip Centrica’s 29,000 global workforce with tools that enable them to be more productive and collaborative across all workplace environments, including offices, contact centres, and for engineers out in the field. The contract extension, which will see Centrica continue its relationship with Fujitsu until 2024, will benefit Centrica employees by: Providing absolute stability in the End User space by embracing Windows 10, Azure, Office 365 and Fujitsu’s digital hybrid offering – on-premise and Cloud. All this will allow Centrica’s employees to collaborate and be more productive on a global scale Improving the end user experience through the implementation of a new digital collaboration platform – which enables Skype meetings and document co-authoring – making the company more agile and productive Putting in place new predictability functions to foresee when resources will be needed at the Service desk, helping to improve time management and efficient working, as well as improving customer service Darren Miles, VP Global Infrastructure & Operations, Centrica said, “As we enter into a world that increasingly demands flexibility and convenience, having a single working

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Offshore wind projects now building ‘show the scale of the prize for supply chain companies’ Businesses working in Scotland’s offshore wind supply chain are highlighted in a new report published today (Nov 20) to mark Offshore Wind Week (Nov 18-22). Ports, fabricators, underwater vehicle specialists, helicopter transfer operators and more are featured, demonstrating the breadth and talent currently evolving to support this rapidly-expanding sector. The document showcases a snapshot of 17 companies which were active in offshore wind in 2018-19, the majority of which are home-grown SMEs. Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, which produced the report, told how it “demonstrates not just the current state of the offshore wind supply chain in Scotland but also the opportunities which come from diversifying into renewable energy”. She continued: “Scotland’s combination of exceptional wind speeds and a history of innovation and engineering make it one of the best places in Europe to develop offshore wind, and we are keen to maintain that status. “The projects which are now starting to build out show the scale of the prize for supply chain companies and this document was brought together to showcase just some of them. “From digital and data to shipping and safety, the opportunities created by this relatively

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Silfab and Eurotron have teamed up to introduce back-contact PV modules in North America. A unique collaboration between Eurotron, a global leader in equipment for manufacturing of back-contact PV modules and Silfab Solar, a North American leading manufacturer of premium quality PV modules. At their Bellingham factory, Silfab Solar is dedicated to produce PV modules with a superior reliability and the lowest defect rate in America. Eurotron, with over twelve years and 3 GWp of field experience in high-tech equipment for back-contact PV modules, is happy to contribute to Silfab’s success. Compared to traditional modules, back-contact PV modules show a significant improvement in performance and durability. This will be an added value for the US market which has a strong focus on quality and performance. The installation of a full-size industrial production tool for the manufacturing of back- contact PV modules at the Silfab Solar facility in Bellingham in April 2019 has marked the first step in this collaboration. The production line is capable for both full-size back contact modules as well as half-cell modules which show a performance increase. Silfab Solar will be able to produce back-contact PV modules with a total production capacity of 240 MWp per year. By teaming up,

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Damen Shipyards Group has established a firm foothold in the European offshore wind sector over the last decade. Now the Dutch shipbuilding and maritime services company is turning its attention to the emerging market of the American offshore wind industry. Here Damen’s Director Business Development & Market Intelligence, David Stibbe and Area Manager North America, Daan Dijxhoorn, discuss some of the main issues involved in the development of offshore wind in American waters, and the way that Damen is tailoring both its services and portfolio to meet American requirements. The fact that the offshore wind industry has its roots firmly planted in Europe is an undisputed fact. In the league table of installed power generation capacity, the UK, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands hold the top four positions. The last five years, in particular, have seen a massive increase in installation and commissioning of new wind farms. The most notable trend is one of expansion: offshore wind farms are not only getting larger, they are also being built further out to sea in deeper, rougher waters. On top of that, components are getting bigger. While ten years ago the typical capacity for an offshore wind turbine was around 3MW, today all

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Isotrol, experts in developing technology for the international energy sector, has opened a new office in Canada. By opening this office in Calgary, Alberta, the Spanish company has consolidated in the North American market, where it has owned a permanent office in Boston, Massachusetts, since 2014. Recently, Isotrol was selected to install Bluence, its renewable asset management platform, in two wind power facilities (220 MW) in order to improve their efficiency. These projects are both located in the State of Alberta and are valued at over $ 850,000. In fact, Canada has the ideal geography to profit from its wind resources, which were enough to install 12.8 GW of power capacity in 2018. In addition to the mentioned facilities, others also operates using Bluence technology on the continent, such as one of its largest solar power plants, which was constructed in Mexico, where Isotrol’s systems are nowadays monitoring 4.1 GW of power. It should be noted that a total of 5.7 GW of installed capacity is currently managed by Isotrol’s technology in North America, its third major market following Spain and Latin America. About Isotrol Isotrol develops technology for the international energy market and specializes in optimizing the efficiency and profitability of renewable energy

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